Toyota Plans Eight New Hybrids, Prius Family
Today, Toyota announced plans to rollout eight new hybrid models in “the next few years,” and it will do so under a Prius nameplate, which has long been rumored. While there is no formal timetable laid out for this Prius family, the company did say these eight models would be both all-new dedicated hybrids like the Prius and hybrid versions of existing gas-powered cars such as the Camry Hybrid and Highlander Hybrid.
Often, automakers consider a new version of an existing model such as a Camry Hybrid or Highlander Hybrid in numbers like these. But Toyota clearly states that’s not the case here, so that means these are eight hybrids we’ve yet to hear of. That should be great news to hybrid aficionados.
A smaller hybrid than the Prius, which could be based on the FT-CH concept unveiled today, is a possibility, but the concept looks to be more than a few years from being production-ready. Toyota did say that the FT-CH “is a concept that we are considering.”