Prius c debut at Detroit 2012 NAIAS

Discussion in 'Toyota Prius Family' started by msirach, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    The price is still a huge question in my mind ... what do they mean by lowest price hybrid? Do they mean the average person will really be able to drive out of a Toyota dealership with a Prius C for less than the $19,200 (including destination) of the base Insight? Or, since few people buy the base Insight, are they really targeting the over-$20k LX?

    And will this lowest-priced Prius C be like the "level 1" Prius that Toyota brought out with much fanfare a couple years ago? A car that might be sold to a few fleets but the average person can't actually obtain? I'm very excited about this car, but that excitement will only hold if it turns out you can genuinely get one for under $20k, destination included.

    Watching the video at the top of this thread again, it may not be too bad. About halfway through you can see the cargo area, and looks about typical in floor length for today's hatchbacks -- at least 24", and longer than the Scion xD for sure. Might be a bit of a squeeze, but bikes in back should be doable at least for us shorter drivers. Looks like much of the shorter length is due to the short front and rear overhangs.
  2. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    At the announcement at NAIAS last year when the family was first talked about, it was to get the best mpg and be THE cheapest priced hybrid of ALL the manufacturers.

    With Ford, Hyundai and Kia gaining ground on hybrid sales, Toyota needs to make a solid move with the Prius. They need to get a hybrid in the hands of consumers that can't afford the mid 20's price of the Prius.
  3. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Better than the 2012 Yaris? That would be good, although I'm not sure it's a realistic hope. If the c can equal or beat my old car in that respect, and comes in as claimed on price and FE, I'm very interested.

    A few years ago, I measured and tabulated critical cargo-area dimensions on a couple of competing hatchbacks. To me, that kind information is more useful than the sometimes-misleading advertised volume specifications, or photos of groceries in the hatch. I'd like to measure some of today's models similarly, and put that data in a spreadsheet.

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