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Toyota Releasing Prius “Alpha” MPV in 2011

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On May 26, 2010 @ 4:15 pm In Green Transportation | 1 Comment

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Toyota is capitalizing on the success of its hybrid Prius by releasing 8 new body styles–the first of which will be a compact van [2]. Dubbed “Alpha”, the MPV will launch in Spring 2011. Now larger families will finally be able to use the Prius, too!

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The van will essentially be a stretched-out version of the current Prius [4] model, except it will have a third row of seats and a lithium-ion battery pack (unlike current models). The overall vehicle length will extend by a foot, while the wheelbase will extend under an inch. Unfortunately, the larger size of the MPV means that it won’t be quite as fuel-efficient as the Prius, which gets 50 mpg.

Toyota also plans to release a 5-seater MPV that uses nickel-metal hydride batteries to cut down on cost. Details remain scant about that model, which probably won’t be released until after the Alpha version. Stay tuned.

Via Autobloggreen [5]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/26/toyota-releasing-prius-alpha-mpv-in-2011/priusmpv/

[2] compact van: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/19/toyota-to-unveil-prius-minivan-in-2011/

[3] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/26/toyota-releasing-prius-alpha-mpv-in-2011/priusmpv2/

[4] Prius: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/27/3prong-power-upgrades-any-prius-to-plug-in-status/&sa=X&ei=GHv9S4XUPJfCM-CGwd4H&ved=0CBsQzgQoADAA&usg=AFQjCNEjqvnuAT9QuTX2hYl8HCqolkyhWA

[5] Autobloggreen: http://green.autoblog.com/2010/05/24/report-toyota-prius-alpha-mpv-coming-in-spring-2011/

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