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Detroit 11': 2012 Toyota Prius V Expands the Prius Lineup

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It’s been widely known that Toyota has been planning on added more Prius models to its lineup. Today Toyota has taken the wraps off the Prius V, with “V” standing for versatility or volume.

The Prius V is now the second Prius model and doesn’t actually look that different from the standard Prius hatchback. Thanks to a taller rear roof line the cargo capacity has been increased by 50 percent. It’s powered by the same hybrid powertrain as the standard Prius, but it’s fuel economy numbers are slightly lower than the standard Prius at 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.

The Prius V will be available this summer. The next Prius model will be a smaller compact hybrid.

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