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#20 of 35 Next hybrids...what's going on with the trucks?
May 02, 2007 (11:32 am)
Toyota, as usual, is being awfully close-mouthed about what the next hybrids will be. I can't get a sniff other than there will be a Prius 3.0 in late 2008 as a 2009 model.
I did get an email from the 'HSD mothership', maybe some others got one as well, stating that the next Prius definitely will have Lithium-Ion batteries. That tells me that they've solved the technical difficulties. The new batteries will be lighter and smaller and just as powerful.
I had hoped that the new Highlander would have a TCH-like drive linking the 2.4L + HSD but that apparently is not to be...initially.
A comment was made last summer about Toyota coming out with a group of vehicles under the 'Prius' line.
..Prius hatchback 3.0
..Prius minivan ( Estima hybrid ) smaller than the current Sienna
..Prius compact? Yaris-sized?
..Prius pickup? 90's sized pickup - but a hybrid.
Now GM has shown it's Tahoe 2-mode hybrid to the press and it apparently is just what they say it is. They've linked it to the 6.0L with AFM resulting in a 30% increase in FE!! This is a very interesting and impressive development.
So where is Toyota in it's development of a hybrid system for heavier vehicles? Awfully, awfully quiet.
#21 of 35 rav-4 hybrid??
May 21, 2007 (7:27 pm)
we are looking for a compact SUV hybrid to come along -- other than the escape. hoping either honda or toyota show up with one -- anybody know anything on that??
#22 of 35 Considering you can get a CR-V or Rav4
Jun 17, 2007 (5:48 pm)
that will get you similar performance, and maybe 4-5 MPG less, but for $7-10k less, I don't see a rush for Escape competitor.
#23 of 35 Spyder, Two Tings!
Jun 17, 2007 (5:50 pm)
First Ting: as has been reported on this site, the Lithium-Ion battery will NOT be ready for the 2009 Prius LAUNCH!
I would expect them to become available for a mid-gen refresh, which should accelerate sales nicely later on.
And my #2: Toyota doesn't need to follow the beat of GM's drummer when it comes to the Tahow Hybrid.
Tahoe is a major cog in GM's portfolio, as the HL is for Toyota.
I don't expect a Tahoe to challenge the HL in this area. Remember, the HL Hybrid gains power AND economy.
I would be surprised to see anything other than Sienna and Corolla as the next Hybrid candidates.
#24 of 35 Re: rav-4 hybrid?? [spfotey]
Jun 18, 2007 (10:35 am)
"we are looking for a compact SUV hybrid to come along -- other than the escape. hoping either honda or toyota show up with one -- anybody know anything on that??"
Honda has announced a "50-state" diesel engine for the CR-V, estimated for introduction in 2009. That would yield upper 30's on the highway, so I don't think a hybrid would be in the works for Honda.
#25 of 35 What is Toyota designing to?
Jun 29, 2007 (1:10 pm)
Where is the hsd design going in the Prius/camry... where is the technology headed in 10 years... what can make the technology lighter/cheaper/more stylish?
#29 of 35 Re: Toyota seems see where the dollars are coming from [drfill]
Oct 15, 2007 (6:49 pm)
So the Camry hybrid is also a flop!
So currently the Camry doesn’t appeal very much,” Toyota’s chief designer, Wahei Hirai, told Automotive News. “They prefer Prius because, while they are driving in town, people can understand that the driver has more social awarene