the United States appeared one step closer to reality when The
Wall Street Journal and Los
ran articles that
included recent hints from
Toyota. Tokuichi Uranishi, head of global marketing at Toyota, stated, "I
think we should have
minivan in the U.S.".
Further comments led
reporters to speculate that one possibility might be a future Prius
minivan, although Uranishi added that Toyota had no specific plans to
develop other body styles of the world's top selling hybrid vehicle.
a minivan hybrid from Toyota (possibly a Sienna)
would quickly outsell the hybrid Highlander and could near annual sales
of the hybrid Camry. Unfortunately, it's been nearly 7 years of
guessing, with no apparent end in sight. This seems like
another great opportunity for a US manufacturer to be first in this
category. Who will step up?
"real" hybrid minivan announcement hits the press, you
can be sure the buzz will be intense. While there are several
hybrid sedans, suvs,
and even a
couple of hybrid pickups - a green minivan will be one of the most
original vehicles of our time. Maybe it will be a hybrid
Honda Odyssey or something new from the likes of Dodge, Kia,
Chrysler, Nissan, or Ford. In any case, when the reviews come
in, our bet is that the best minivan will be the one with a hybrid
logo! Updates coming below...
06/09/2011: Ford announced today they plan to build a hybrid only
minivan to challenge Toyota's dominance in the hybrid car market. Early
reports are indicating a 5 passenger van in gas-electric and plug-in
Bob Carter announced they are looking into building a hybrid minivan
that is not based on the Prius. It might be a totally new vehicle or
some version of the Sienna or Venza.
Toyota teased us today with some images of a new hybrid minivan (or
minivan-like hatchback) that will come to be known as the Prius V (not
5, but V as in the letter). Expect to see this new Prius in U.S.
showrooms in the Fall of 2011.
the Japanese business daily newspaper reported
that a Toyota Prius Minivan is in the works. No official response has
come from Toyota Motors.
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