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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 12th 2010
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 12, 2010 Prius powers up a new line NEW ADDITION: A Japanese magazine spy shot of the Toyota Prius Alpha minivan. An idea from the people behind the Prius have sparked another project --- the Prius Minivan. Peter Lyon reports on another electrifying move from Toyota Toyota intends to turn Prius from a single car into a full line of vehicles THE brand stretch of the Toyota Prius will produce a minivan early next year. And it will come with a lithium-ion battery pack, a first for Toyota. Toyota intends to turn Prius from a single car into a full line of vehicles, partly because of its future hybrid plans and partly because its research shows people around the world instantly associate the word Prius with hybrids. The first extension of brand Prius from today's five-door family hatch is an multi-people vehicle, scheduled for a debut in March 2011 --- most likely at the Geneva Motor Show in Europe. lw-4It is a relatively straightfor- ward move for a car being called the ''Alpha'' in Japan. The MPV sits on the same mechan- ical platform as the current Prius but gets a body stretch for space for an extra row of seats in the back. It will be about 300mm longer overall, with a wheelbase increased by 20mm. The name is a similar stretch, since the car is a ''plus-Alpha'' addition to the Prius. The mechanical package will be inherited straight from the Prius, which means its 1.8-litre Atkinson- cycle petrol engine and THSII hybrid system. But it will lose out slightly to the regular car on fuel economy, thanks to its extra weight. The Alpha's biggest claim to fame is the MPV will employ lithium-ion batteries, replacing the current Priuss nickel-metal hydride type. At one-third the weight of the current battery pack, the Li-ion batteries generate greater power and are already in use in the prototype Prius plug-in hybrid. A five-seater version of the Alpha is also planned, but this vehicle will use the current nickel-hydride batteries to save cost, according to one Toyota insider. The same source tells Carsguide that Toyota is bullish about pricing and will take the Alpha seven-seater into showrooms with a price that undercuts many current MPV rivals, including the Honda Odyssey. CAPITOL MOTORS 453 Main Road Glenorchy - PH 6273 4433 *Available to approved business purchasers on new vehicles only Chattel mortgages only. Over a 60 month contract. No deposit required 4 DAYS ONLY Drive Away* *Metallic paint extra $490 * Alloys extra AUSTRALIA S LOWEST PRICED SEDAN $29,990 $23,990 $12,990 $19,990 $16,990 $24,990 $21,990 $16,990 03 PRADO TURBO D 4X4 S/W HONDA CRV LUXURY SPORTS PROTON GGN2 H/LINE HATCH 06 FLACON XR6 SEDAN 03 ALPHA ROMEO 156 SEDAN 06 COURIER T 4X4 E/CAB 05 SUZUKI GRAND VITARA S/W 03 VY STORM UTILITY 2003334-100612 Rare as a Tassie Tiger!!! Complete service history, very tidy in manual, don t mess around. WON T LAST Leather trim, low km s, s/roof, cruise, auto & much more FAULTLESS! Over 25,000 km s new!!! Automatic with very low km s. 1 owner with full service history FULLY OPTIONED Tip tronic, popular XR6 configuration. Very tidy. GREAT PERFORMER V6-WOW, it flies! Brilliant condition & rare manual. Great km s & JUST QUALITY. 1st to see will buy Suicide doors (4 seater) turbo diesel. Bull-bar and winch, great km s and history Automatic, V6 wagon, great on or off road. Very hard to find Very low km s, storm edition with tonneau cover, new alloys and more (7STR)
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