The NY Auto Show starts in just 9 days and Toyota will take the opportunity to unveil the second generation plug-in Prius.
The teaser shown above almost confirms that the previous leaked image shown below is correct.
In Europe sales are expected to start in September, this is what Toyota’s official websites in Europe suggest.
Given the popularity of the Prius brand in eco conscious drivers, the new PIP will be a success even if Toyota doesn’t try very hard to sell it.
If the new powertrain proves to be reliable maybe Toyota will make plug-in versions of other hybrids like the Auris or Yaris. Given that the Yaris and Auris are made in Europe they would be much more affordable than the Prius that is made only in Japan. Putting a plug in an already hybrid car is the most logic thing to do.
In 2017 maybe Toyota will take the next step and make full electric versions of their hybrids, but this is only wishful thinking for now. The Toyota Yaris EV is a car that I would consider to buy.