Earlier this week, Toyota held its national dealer meeting in Las Vegas, which was headed by the Japanese automaker’s president Akio Toyoda. The meeting was attended by representatives from Toyota’s 1,233 U.S. dealers.
During the meeting Toyoda told dealers that the Prius family launch remains on track. This fall, Toyota will launch the new Prius V, which offers SUV like cargo capability, nearly 60 percent more than the current Prius. The Toyota Prius C compact will arrive in spring 2012.
Toyoda also confirmed that advanced technology vehicles are also on the way. In 2012, Toyota will introduce the Prius Plug-in Hybrid. That will be followed by the Toyota RAV4 EV and Scion iQ EV. Toyota fuel-cell vehicles will be on the road by 2015. The company is also researching bio-fuels and next-generation materials.
On a side note, Toyota also reaffirmed its investment in North America. The company’s Mississippi plant will open this fall and will build 150,000 Corollas a year, creating 2,000 jobs.
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– By: Omar Rana