Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: Toyota confirms plug-in Prius next year
Tuesday 13 September 2011
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.
Life & Style blogs
Imagination Quotient tests could lead to smartphone app that boosts your creativity
Reader dilemma: 'My boyfriend jokes about putting photos of us having sex on Facebook'
The Gay Beards: Whiskers as you've never seen them before
Asexuality: when life isn't all about sex
Twitter deletes plagiarised jokes for 'copyright infringement'
The 9 charts that show the 'left-wing' policies of Jeremy Corbyn the public actually agrees with
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
The last thing Labour needs is a leader like Jeremy Corbyn who people want to vote for
What the Labour party could look like under Jeremy Corbyn
I am the Jeremy Corbyn supporter that many will tell you doesn't exist
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
- 1 Reader dilemma: 'My boyfriend jokes about putting photos of us having sex on Facebook'
- 2 Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta clashes with President Obama on LGBT equality: ‘Gay rights is really a non-issue’
- 3 Ralkina Jones: 37-year-old black woman found dead in police custody
- 4 Kanye West praises Caitlyn Jenner on I Am Cait: 'You couldn't have been up against more'
- 5 Five-year-old boy forced classmate to simulate oral sex at primary school, claims mother
£18000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing Insurance Bro...
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Junior IT Support Technician ...
£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides actionabl...
Negotiable depending on experience, plus benefits: Guru Careers: We are seekin...