Report: New Toyota Subcompact Will Be Hybrid, Sold In U.S.

December 27, 2009

Toyota is set to reveal a new concept car on January 11 at India’s 2010 Delhi Auto Expo that will preview the automaker’s next-generation subcompact car. The new subcompact won’t be just another cheap runabout designed for emerging markets, however.

According to a new report the car will be a dedicated hybrid model like the Prius and will eventually reach local showrooms. People familiar with the project have revealed that the hybrid subcompact will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2012, with production numbers expected to top 150,000 units annually.

If the report proves true, Toyota will have a new dedicated hybrid model that should better the 50 mpg fuel economy of the Prius.

Not much else is known about the concept but from the teaser it appears that the car might share its design with the current iQ subcompact sold overseas. There’s a strong chance that it could even be sold under the Scion brand when it eventually arrives in showrooms.

[The Detroit News]

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