Toyota has two important vehicles coming in 2015: the next- generation Prius hybrid and the company's first hydrogen fuel cell car.
Satoshi Ogiso, a top Toyota engineer who helped develop the original Prius 20 years ago, said last week that
he's hoping to at least match the 10-percent gains Toyota has gotten in the last three generations of Priuses. A 10 percent gain would get the Prius to 55 mpg in combined city and highway driving.
The new Prius will ride on a new, lower chassis to improve its handling and aerodynamics. It will also have a nicer interior. Ogiso wouldn't say how much it might cost.
Ogiso said more details about the hydrogen fuel cell car will come early next year. So far, there is only one other commercially available hydrogen fuel cell car in the U.S.: Honda's FCX Clarity, which is leased in limited numbers in California.
Zero-emission fuel cell cars are not likely to be big sellers until there are more hydrogen fueling stations on U.S. roads. But Ogiso said Toyota is committed to the technology and expects to sell "tens of thousands" of them through 2030.
the update The new Prius will ride on a new, lower chassis to improve its handling and aerodynamics. It will also have a nicer interior.
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Original Headline: Toyota says new Prius, fuel cell car due in 2015
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