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Published on April 19th, 2010 | by Jerry James Stone

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Toyota Prius Minivan Coming in Early 2011

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According to the Nikkei report, Toyota will finally release a minivan based upon its popular Prius platform come 2011. Rumor of the vehicle has been circling the web for over a year now. If it’s true–which I kind of think it is–this new vehicle will be the first to don the Prius family nameplate.

Earlier this year, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Toyota made it known that a Prius family was in the works during the unveiling of its FT-CH concept. The FT-CH is Yaris-sized Prius which means a hybrid minivan would easily start to bring balance to the line up.

The Prius minivan will be one of Toyota’s first hybrids equipped with compact, light-weight Li-ion battery packs. The vehicle is likely to seat between five and seven people using three rows of configurable seating. While no pricing has yet been revealed, expect something close to the current Prius price point. No other details are yet available.

The vehicle pictured in this post is not the new Prius minivan. It’s a Hinterland 1 Concept which was inspired by the Toyota Prius.

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Source: Green Car Congress



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is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.



  • http://www.technologyslice.com.au Tech

    Another ugly prius to add to the collection.

  • http://www.technologyslice.com.au Tech

    Another ugly prius to add to the collection.

  • douglas prince

    Forget the sci-fi concepts in design. Toyota will play it straight and create a mini-van that looks like any other mini-van out there. A mom-and-pop vehicle can’t look like something out of RoboCop and still sell.

  • douglas prince

    Forget the sci-fi concepts in design. Toyota will play it straight and create a mini-van that looks like any other mini-van out there. A mom-and-pop vehicle can’t look like something out of RoboCop and still sell.

  • http://www.alittlegreenereverday.com Robin

    We love our current Prius despite the recent Toyota problems, and our 2002 mini-van will need to be replaced in a couple of years. We will definitely check Toyota’s out when they come on the market.

    And I would welcome something that looked stylish and funky to drive my boys to soccer in. It doesn’t need to look soccer-mom for me. In fact, I’d love it not, too.

  • http://www.alittlegreenereverday.com Robin

    We love our current Prius despite the recent Toyota problems, and our 2002 mini-van will need to be replaced in a couple of years. We will definitely check Toyota’s out when they come on the market.

    And I would welcome something that looked stylish and funky to drive my boys to soccer in. It doesn’t need to look soccer-mom for me. In fact, I’d love it not, too.

  • Frank

    This has got to be without any doubt the most butt-ugly car ever imaginable? Do they actually run a class for anti-aesthetics? If so, one of their graduates got onto the design team here!

  • Frank

    This has got to be without any doubt the most butt-ugly car ever imaginable? Do they actually run a class for anti-aesthetics? If so, one of their graduates got onto the design team here!

  • Josh G

    “This has got to be without any doubt the most butt-ugly car ever imaginable? Do they actually run a class for anti-aesthetics? If so, one of their graduates got onto the design team here!”

    Couldn’t have said it better my self.

  • Josh G

    “This has got to be without any doubt the most butt-ugly car ever imaginable? Do they actually run a class for anti-aesthetics? If so, one of their graduates got onto the design team here!”

    Couldn’t have said it better my self.

  • htl

    please read the article before you comment

    “The vehicle pictured in this post is not the new Prius minivan. It’s a Hinterland 1 Concept which was inspired by the Toyota Prius.”

  • htl

    please read the article before you comment

    “The vehicle pictured in this post is not the new Prius minivan. It’s a Hinterland 1 Concept which was inspired by the Toyota Prius.”

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