I was watching the press conference (via live streaming) and what really caught my intention was that the new Prius Plug-in, which will use a Li-Ion battery, will get only 13 miles in EV mode at speeds up to 60 mph! Hmm, does it really worth paying more for the plug-in version for just 13 miles???
Anyway, it will go on sale during the first half of 2012 in 14 East/West coast states (national rollout within a year after the initial launch).
The new Prius V will feature the new Entune multimedia system and as I mentioned in my earlier post, it will be available with a lightweight resin moon roof with retractable sunshades, boasting a 40% reduction in weight compared to conventional glass roofs of the same size.
Finally the waiting is over. Those are the new USDM Civics! Honda just presented two concepts, a coupe and a sedan!!! They are expected to go on sale in the US in April and those concepts presented at the Detroit Auto Show are pretty much what will go into production... ok, minus the fancy bits and pieces.
Three powertrains will be available, as with the current-gen model: gas, natural gas, and hybrid.
The design of both cars is just an evolution, but the Civic coupe looks really good, better than the current one IMO!!!
So, this is the first live photo from the unveiling of the new Prius V at Detroit! Oh, and V stands for Versatility...
Not really surprised in terms of styling. Same bits with the "normal" Prius and almost the same footprint. Interesting facts: seating for five; 40 mpg combined fuel consumption; it will come with a standard lightweight resin sunroof.
As already reported, the new Suzuki Solio will be also available by Mitsubishi, with Suzuki supplying Mitsubishi with around 800 units per month. The Mitsubishi variant will be called Delica D:2 (デリカ Ｄ：2) and it is expected to be launched in spring 2011.