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Toyota Prius c subcompact hybrid coming for spring

November 15th, 2011

From Green Right Now Reports

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., will launch a  fuel-efficient hybrid at a more accessible price when the Prius c joins the Prius family of vehicles in the spring of 2012.  The U.S. debut of the Prius c will be next January at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The subcompact will join the Prius lineup and include Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. The car¬† joins the third-generation Prius Liftback hybrid vehicle, as well as a new Prius v midsize hybrid vehicle and the Prius Plug-in Hybrid model, which will also debut next spring.

Toyota says the entry-level Prius c is aimed at youthful shoppers seeking fuel efficiency, technology, and spirited driving dynamics in the subcompact segment. The car is expected to deliver class-leading fuel economy better than 50 mpg in the city, which would be the highest city mpg of any non-plug-in vehicle.

Prius Family Specifications

Prius c Prius Prius v Prius Plug-in
Length (in.) 157.3 176.4 181.7 176.4
Width (in. 66.7 68.7 69.9 68.7
Height (in.) 56.9 58.7 62 58.7
Wheelbase (in.) 100.4 106.3 109.4 106.3
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, 16-valve with VVT-i

Emission Certification SULEV SULEV with

AT-PZEV

SULEV SULEV with AT-PZEV

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