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Prius 7 Person Hybrid MIA In

[Editor’s Note: Story has updated at the end with a quote Toyota USA regarding the Prius v and of a third row.]

Toyota week made a couple of related to the forthcoming new generation of (plural for Prius ) emerging Japan. The auto manufacturer talked about the launch of the “alpha” multi-passenger hybrid expands the popular vehicle to more people in certain

It was said by Toyota that the alpha has launched in Japan, plans for a North American out as the five seat Prius v summer (or fall, based what Toyota USA is saying ) in Europe, the seven seat + by mid-2012. These launch look to be later then originally hoped for due to the devastating that hit Japan earlier year. The quake dramatically the company’s production schedule, was first mentioned back in .


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The vehicle, according to Japanese will range in price $29,000 and $41,000. Five holding either five or passengers will be available. no official data has been yet on what the MPG rating will be for the version, it was noted earlier year at the Detroit Auto that the Prius v is expected to EPA combined fuel economy of 40 mpg – 38 on the and 42 in the city.

Toyota Prius a(alpha)

Unfortunately, those in the waiting for the seven passenger of the Prius will be unhappy to that it doesn’t look Toyota is releasing it in this here at this time. The way the Japan press release “TMC aims to enhance and its range of hybrid vehicles the world with more derivatives, such as the five-seat α-based ‘Prius v’ planned for in North America this got us wondering, so we contacted Toyota A company spokesperson has initially for us as such, and we are waiting to hear on why.

One possible reason, based this report over at Magazine. is because of lithium-ion shortages due again to the earthquake. As in the Toyota Japan press the seven passenger configuration – a third row of seats – is made because of a space saving this battery allows for sticks it in the center console. As Car Reports notes around issue. because of the lithium ion shortages the Prius v will with “the same old technology Toyota has fitted to models since 1997.”

It is also possible as well may just see no market for it here in the right now. which be weird when you consider how we to haul our families and associated items around town and on trips. Wouldn’t a seven version be a natural fit for the U.S. We think so.

QUOTE FROM TOYOTA USA LACK OF THIRD ROW: “We a third row would not have room for North American On RAV4, with a comparably cargo area, only percent of buyers choose to a 3rd row. A 3rd row also requires the location of the hybrid traction which could impact space in areas of the cabin.”

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