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Toyota is clearly acknowledging how successful the Prius model has been for them when they originally announced the model’s expansion at the Detroit Motor Show this year. Now it looks like the Prius will be getting another addition to its family, including a Sports Coupe model that will be rear-wheel-drive with a manual transmission – clearly looking to compete against Honda‘s CR-Z. The Sports Coupe is rumored to be based on the upcoming Lexus GS platform. In addition, it will feature a next-generation plug-in hybrid setup featuring lithium-ion batteries.
Alongside the Sports Coupe’s possible debut in 2014, Toyota looks to add a Prius SUV to the lineup based on the RAV4. This is already in addition to the Prius C Concept (pictured above). With all the additional Prius models that will be hitting the market in the near future, Toyota also has plans of developing standalone dealerships and showrooms for the Prius brand name.
[Source: Auto Express]
Toyota will debut an all-new hybrid concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in just a few weeks. This new concept will be a dedicated hybrid model, meaning that like the Prius, it will only be offered as a hybrid. Toyota has said that it will offer hybrid versions of all of its models by 2010, but it is also working to increase its lineup of dedicated hybrids as they help to promote a strong “green” identity” as a brand.
There are several rumors as to what this new model would be. The color and flat-nose front seem to indicate it may be a version of the iQ (which Toyota showed as a Scion model at last year’s New York Auto Show). There is also a strong possibility that this could be the long-awaited Prius Coupe.
We’ll be sure to bring you details as we get them, with full coverage of the Detroit Auto Show starting January 11th.
GALLERY: Toyota Dedicated Hybrid Concept
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