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Sneak Peek: 2011 Toyota Sienna to join 'MC platform

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2011 Toyota Sienna in process

2011 Toyota Sienna in process

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In These Economic Times, it only makes sense for businesses to streamline operations. Toyota is doing just that by wonking the design of its Sienna minivan to fit the company's "MC" platform. So say the folks at Detroit News, who apparently nabbed the shot of the Sienna at left, clearly in mid-wonk.

The "MC" platform is noted for its flexibility, and its ability to accommodate vehicles ranging from the Camry to the RAV4 to the Highlander attests to it. Obviously, it'll be a while before we see a finished prototype, but we know that it'll begin production in January 2010 at Toyota's facility in Princeton, Indiana for the 2011 model year. Maybe folks will even be buying cars by the time it hits the lot.

[source: DetNews]

 
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  1. "Huh???"

    I may not know the details but Sienna has ridden on the platfrom derived from Camry for a few years now (?) How's "MC" going to change that?
    The bigger news would be the hybrid drive... It's badly needed for 19 MPG we've been getting.
     
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  2. They won't make a hybrid version because the battery would eat up way too much interior space. In a minivan, every cubic inch counts. Adding a hybrid battery would remove the fold-flat 3rd row and that would be blasphemy.
     
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  3. Toyota has already said it would make a hybrid by 2011 or so for the Sienna. They could figure out a way to do it im sure.
    Also do you have the AWD? because everyone i have seen gets 27-28 on the highway and around 20 in town. But if you have the AWD i can see you having problems with gas millage.
     
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