Toyota Prius C Concept at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Priusc

  • Looks like: A small urban compact that could be called a Scion
  • Defining characteristics: Proposed mileage higher than any hybrid
  • RidiculousFeatures: Why wasn't this the first hybrid ever introduced?
  • Chance of being mass-produced: 100%

During an auto show with few surprises, this one was well-guarded. Toyota’s plan to launch a line of Prius vehicles was well-established, but this future look at a third body style — the well-known hatch and just released V being the other two — is a revelation. Some thought it might be a small pickup truck or small coupe, but instead we get a somewhat frumpy compact.

Since the Honda CR-Z hasn’t set the sales world on fire, perhaps this is the safer, smarter route for Toyota on their next hybrid.

Toyota says this C, which stands for city — we don’t know the exact dimensions — will return the highest mileage of any “cordless” hybrid. Meaning, it wouldn’t compete against a plug-in electric hybrid like the Chevy Volt or the one Toyota announced alongside the Prius C. The Volt returns 93 mpge, a new designation from the federal government regarding vehicles that use both plug-in power and onboard gasoline power.

Toyota is promising this Prius C by the first half of 2012 and says it will be the most “value-oriented” hybrid on the market. That generally means the cheapest. More photos below.

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Toyota Prius c Concept

Comments 

Zack

I'm guessing this car will deliver an honest 65 mpg. I can hardly wait to put in my order before the lines form and people start paying over sticker price.
This is what the insight,fit and A3 TDI should have been.

RC

GREAT!!! Can't wait to see it in the showroom. Don't change the exterior...so may concepts seem to do this and they loose their edge. Odds are the interior will be a more tradition one similiar to current models...and that is OK by my standards.

Jere Joiner

Uh, I don't drive in the city, I drive to the city and that means 40 miles one way. I also take long vacations in my car, along with my wife, luggage and two Portuguese water dogs. I don't think a PriusC is in my future.

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