2012 DETROIT AUTO SHOW COVERAGE
DETROIT – During the 2012 Detroit Auto Show Toyota Motor Corp. announce its plans to expand its current hybrid vehicle lineup with the addition of the subcompact Prius C hatchback. The Prius C is expected to go on sale in March.
The Prius C’s addition to the family follows the Prius V wagon that came in late 2011, and the Plug-In Prius that is scheduled to arrive this summer. It shows Toyota’s desire to create a Prius for everyone, with the Prius C being designed towards younger buyers who seek great fuel mileage at a lesser price for their first cars.
Toyota stated that the Prius C will get a whooping 53 mpg in the city, the highest city fuel economy of any vehicle (aside from plug- ins). Its highway fuel economy is 46 mpg (not as good as city mpg, but that’s normal for hybrids), giving the Prius C a combined 50 mpg rating.
Toyota also announced that the Prius C will be priced below $19,000 before destination charges.
The Prius C will differ from the standard model in the way that it will have a six-inch shorter wheelbase, it is 19 inches shorter overall, and it is much lighter (The Prius C weighs about 550 pounds less than the standard model).
The Prius C’s gasoline engine is of smaller displacement (1.5 liters vs. 1.8 liters on the standard Prius). It clocks in at 99 HP between the 73 HP Atkinson cycle engine and the hybrid motors.
The Prius C has the ability to be driven in battery-only mode for just about one mile at a driving speed up to 25 mph.
The Prius C’s decrease in size did not mean a decrease in safety and gadgets. It features nine airbags, 15-inch wheels, tilt-telescopic steering wheel, automatic climate control and remote keyless locks with illuminated entry.
The base audio system will feature a CD player as well as USB port with iPod connectivity. The Prius C will also feature hands-free phone capability, Bluetooth music streaming, and phone book access.
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