Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: Toyota confirms plug-in Prius next year

Toyota has showcased the new Prius family at the Frankfurt Motor Show, confirming that a plug-in version of the best-selling hybrid will be available in Europe from next year.

The Japanese automaker showcased three hybrid vehicles at the Frankfurt show - the Prius, the seven-seater Prius+ and a plug-in Prius.

Although all of the models were expected, Toyota's timescale confirmation will be welcomed by green motoring fans following the automaker's rocky year in the wake of the Japanese earthquake in March.

Toyota initially debuted new versions of the Prius in Japan over summer, considerably later than originally planned.

The new Plug-In hybrid is described by the automaker as the "greenest, most technically advanced Prius yet," with an all-electric driving range of around 14 miles (22km) and fuel consumption of 134.5mpg (1.74 l/100km).

Unlike Prius models to date, it will be rechargeable using a mains power supply (rather than electricity generated from the car's motion), with a recharge taking 1.5 hours and delivering emissions of 49g/km.

After battery power is depleted, the Prius will switch to hybrid mode, powering itself using the gasoline engine.

Alongside the Plug-In Prius and Prius+ was the refreshed 'classic' Prius, which offers an all-electric range of 1.4 miles (2.2km), a revised frontal design and headlamps, new folding door mirrors and several improvements to the interior.

The models will hit Europe, the US and Japan from next year and are on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show through September 25.

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