Toyota is expanding the Prius family, showing off two new models and a concept at the 2011 Detroit auto show. The Prius V is a larger model with more cargo capacity, and there is also a plug-in hybrid Prius, along with a new concept, the Prius C.
Toyota Prius C concept
Toyota previously said it would use Prius as a brand for a variety of hybrid vehicles, and at the 2011 Detroit auto show the company rolled out three examples to fulfill this promise. Announced at the show were the Toyota Prius C concept (pictured), the Prius V, and the Prius Plug-in.
The current Prius has a very broad appeal, with enough room for most families. But Toyota wants to extend the line's appeal to single, urban drivers. The Prius C concept is shorter than the current Prius, and should be easier to park.
The Prius V uses the same hybrid power train as the current Prius, a 1.5-liter engine complemented by an electric motor that can drive the car at low speeds. Because of its larger size and reduced aerodynamics, the Prius V only gets 40 mpg combined city and highway, compared with the Prius' 50 mpg.
Toyota also showed off the long-awaited plug-in version of the Prius. With a lithium ion battery pack, the Prius Plug-in can drive 13 miles under electric power at speeds of up to 60 mph. This car will become available in mid-2012.