Toyota Managing Officer Satoshi Ogiso has revealed some new details about the 2015 Prius and the company's upcoming hydrogen vehicle.

Toyota Managing Officer Satoshi Ogiso has revealed some new details about the 2015 Prius and the company's upcoming hydrogen vehicle.

Speaking at a press conference in Michigan, Ogiso said "when the next-generation Prius arrives, it will begin a new era for a broad range of Toyota and Lexus vehicles" as it will be “the first to introduce a substantially improved family of hybrid powertrains.” Ogiso declined to go into specifics but confirmed the new hybrid powertrains will deliver "significantly improved fuel economy in a more compact package that is lighter in weight and lower in cost." The powertrain will also offer greater performance as it will feature the latest advances in battery, electric motor and petrol engine technologies.

As for the Prius itself, it will ride on the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that has a lower center of gravity and increased structural rigidity. The car will also have improved aerodynamics and a more accommodating cabin with "significant refinements in design, layout and ease of operation." We can also expect a smaller electric motor, a more efficient petrol engine and improved batteries with a higher energy density.

Ogiso also revealed the next-generation Prius Plug-in Hybrid is being developed alongside the standard model. He didn't have much to say about the car but confirmed the company is developing a new wireless/inductive charging system and is looking for ways to extend the car's electric-only range.

Toyota also confirmed work is progressing well on their hydrogen vehicle that is due in 2015. The production model will be mid-size four-door sedan and its design will be previewed by a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in November.

Check out the press release for additional information

 

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