The Prius V Minivan was just introduced into the market last year, but despite of its brief existence the model was able to obtain a significant increase in sales. Based on the company’s latest sales record, Toyota was able to move and sell a total of 8,399 Prius V units from the fourth week of October up to the end of December last year. This simply means that more and more car buyers are starting to appreciate the benefits that this minivan could offer.
The Prius V Minivan is actually considered as an essential part of the growing vehicle line-up that bears the “Prius” nameplate. This line-up started when the Toyota Prius liftback became very popular for its very impressive and unmatched fuel economy ratings. Due to the hatchback’s popularity, Toyota was encouraged to produce other types of vehicles that would bear the model’s name as well as its most priced characteristic which is its excellent fuel economy ratings.
The Prius V Minivan shares the same hybrid drivetrain with the liftback version. It is also propelled by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that is connected to a pair of electric motors. The combination of the electric motors and the engine allows the Prius V Minivan to produce a maximum power output of up to 134 horsepower and 153 lb.-ft. of torque. The power generated by the engine and the electric motors is sent to the vehicle’s continuous variable transmission or CVT. A lot of car experts expect that the components, drivetrain, and set-up of the Prius V Minivan as well as of the liftgate version would surely remain as the basis that Toyota will be using on the future vehicle models that will be included on the expanding Prius line-up.
Due to the impressive starting sales obtained by the Prius V Minivan, Toyota is planning to deliver more than 22,000 units of vehicle with the Prius nameplate this year. In order to push this goal through, the company is doing its best in further extending the Prius line-up by launching the Prius C which is a sub-compact hatchback and the Prius liftback with the plug-in hybrid drivetrain.