Those awaiting more information on Toyota USA’s green car plans will be happy to know the auto manufacturer is out with details on what’s in the pipeline. Word of what’s rolling onto Toyota lots comes via a recent annual national dealer meeting.
Toyota confirmed at this meeting a few interesting green car nuggets. The first centers around the Prius family, with Toyota emphasizing that the planned launch of additional models is still on schedule. It noted to dealers that “Prius v, which arrives this fall, has SUV like cargo capability, nearly 60% more than the current Prius, but still is expected to deliver estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 42 mpg combined. The Prius c compact, arriving in the spring of 2012, offers expressive styling in a city-friendly vehicle that we believe will be the most fuel efficient hybrid in the U.S.”
Further down the pipeline, Toyota said it has plans for more advanced technology vehicles, some of which we’ve highlighted for you before. New vehicles arriving in 2012 include the Prius plug-in hybrid, RAV4 EV and Scion iQ EV. These will be joined by a fuel cell vehicle on the road by 2015. Though this latter was not mentioned by name, it may well likely be something similar to the Highlander FCHV.
Also of note in regards to Toyota’s green car plans are “researching bio-fuels and next-generation materials to help make vehicles that will be lighter, safe and more fuel-efficient,” as well as word of a new multimedia system for the Prius v that is said to be “compatible with virtually every smart phone.”