Nikkei Reports Toyota Developing Prius-based Minivan

Theorized minivan thought to be first to utilize lithium ion batteries.

Published: 19-Apr-2010

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp will launch competitively priced Prius hybrid minivans using lithium ion batteries early next year, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Toyota plans to keep the price of the new Prius model at a level similar to those of current models as it aims to strengthen its lead in the hybrid market, the daily said.

The new Prius minivan will offer a spacious interior and improved fuel economy, and will likely feature three rows of seats for carrying five to seven people, the paper said.

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