Toyota Will Have Six New Hybrids by 2012

Toyota FT-CH Concept
Toyota plans to launch six all-new hybrid models globally by 2012, according to the New York Times. This doesn’t include the plug-in Prius, but that will go on sale by 2012 as well.

The new hybrids will include a mix of dedicated hybrids and hybrid trims of existing gasoline-powered models. It’s important to note that not all of these six new hybrids will be sold in the U.S. — only “some” the Times reported.

We already know about the 2011 Lexus CT 200h. Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales, said the automaker is developing a “Prius family” of vehicles that may include a compact sedan such as the FT-CH concept (pictured above) and/or a family hauler.

John Hanson, Toyota's national manager for environmental safety and quality, told the Times that the plug-in Prius would cost $3,500 to $5,000 more than the conventional vehicle, which costs between $21,400 and $28,070. That would make Toyota’s plug-in a more affordable alternative to the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, but then again, it can go only 13 miles on a charge compared with the Volt’s 40 miles and the Leaf’s 100 miles.

On top of this, Toyota will show an electric version of its RAV4, co-developed with Tesla Motors, at the 2010 L.A. Auto Show in November.

With the six new additions, Toyota will have 20 hybrid models in its global vehicle portfolio by 2012. The automaker plans to have a hybrid variant of all its vehicles by as early as the 2020s.

Toyota to Offer Six New Hybrid Models in 2012 (New York Times)



Why Toyota has not already released a Rav4 hybrid with the Camry Hybrid's powertrain, no person will ever know.

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