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#17 of 311 Re: Plugging in [michael2003]
Aug 25, 2006 (3:15 pm)
I found the following on the CalCars website:
The [Prius] redesign is likely for the 2010 or 2011 model year. The next generation probably will have plug-in capability, as in letting you plug it in to your house's grid to recharge and allowing you to drive on full electricity for the first 40 or so miles. It also may have a rheostat so drivers can select a performance or fuel-economy mode. (Automotive News). The Automotive News reference points to information contained on the Autoweek website.
Love where Toyota's going, but hope they can bring the car to market sooner. Put me on the list!
#18 of 311 Re: Plugging in [michael2003]
Aug 25, 2006 (3:28 pm)
they are talking about the Prius AFTER this current generation - they have to be.
Toyota would not allow the Prius to go from 2003 to 2010 or 2011 without a re-design.
The next gen Prius is expected for 2009, then maybe they make plug-in an option in 2011.
#19 of 311 Re: Plugging in [larsb]
Aug 25, 2006 (4:54 pm)
"they are talking about the Prius AFTER this current generation - they have to be.
Toyota would not allow the Prius to go from 2003 to 2010 or 2011 without a re-design. "
There have been recent media reports that Toyota is delaying the next generation of their models to try and tighten up the quality controls, due to the recent spate of recalls experienced by the company. However I think it was a 6 month or 1 year delay in development.
#20 of 311 Re: Plugging in [michael2003]
Aug 28, 2006 (11:14 am)
"Does anyone know whether the 2009 Prius will come standard as a plug-in or if plugging in will be an option? "
Solar, geothermal, and wind powered. It will require no gas or electric plug in, although as a backup a 1,000 mile radius wireless Internet adapter will be offered.
There will also be a fluid dynamics perpetual motion option.
The Oil and Electric companies love the new model and are giving it their full support.
Power to the People,
#21 of 311 Re: Plugging in [midnightcowboy]
Aug 28, 2006 (11:27 am)
#22 of 311 Re: Plugging in [midnightcowboy]
Aug 29, 2006 (3:22 am)
Kool, sign me up! I wonder if the optional windmill will fit under most bridges?
#23 of 311 2009 maybe too early for new Prius
Aug 29, 2006 (11:08 am)
I think 2010 or later is more realistic. Few reasons. (1) Upcoming hybrids (TCH, Sienna, RAV4, Sequoia?, 4Runner?) will eat up all capacity/manpower of Toyota suppliers. So very tough to introduce another technology/platform. Not to mention potential quality problem. (2) Even though Prius II is 4 years old, it is still new in much of Asia/Europe who are paying $$$ for gas. So what Americans don't buy Asians/Europeans will gladly buy them at even higher prices. I saw low-end Prius being sold in Taiwan, Hong Kong for nearly $40K. (3) Toyota (Japanese for that matter) never introduce new products/technologies outside of Japan. So to see any new hybrid platform/Prius in the US, wait at last 1-2 years after Japan gets it. Since Japan does not have it, add another 1-2 years. (4) Toyota is also listening closely to petro companies/OPEC/Russia to see where prices of petro would go. If gas prices in US goes below $2 sustinably, most of us won't be driving hybrids. So you got all these forces working against a late 2008 (2009 model) intro. I say it would be 2010 or 2011. By then, I should be passing my Prius to my kids, then time for a new Prius.
#24 of 311 Re: 2009 maybe too early for new Prius [ck90211]
Sep 23, 2006 (1:55 pm)
I think 2010 or later is more realistic. Few reasons. (1) Upcoming hybrids (TCH, Sienna, RAV4, Sequoia?, 4Runner?) will eat up all capacity/manpower of Toyota suppliers
Wow what a plateful.
The TCH is here already and the Sienna could be expected in 2008 as a 2009 model since the Estima exists already.
The RAV? Possibly
The Sequoia and 4Runner. Nope, they are trucks. Until the hybrid Tundra is shown the two SUV's will be somewhat later, if ever.
Bet on this: Gen3 Prius in late 2008 as a 2009 model.
#25 of 311 Re: 2009 maybe too early for new Prius [kdhspyder]
Nov 14, 2006 (5:57 pm)
The RAV? Possibly
Not very likely, the RAV4 was not designed with an HSD powertrain in mind.
#26 of 311 Re: 2009 maybe too early for new Prius [grandtotal]
Nov 15, 2006 (4:23 am)
If Toyota is smart, and they usually are, they will cut short their plan to continue the roll out of HSD conversions and focus on plug-in. I, for one, sure hope this is their plan!