A Toyota representative has announced production of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid will come to an end next month.

A Toyota representative has announced production of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid will come to an end next month.

In a forum post on PriusChat, Nathan Kokes working for Toyota Motor Sales USA in the Advanced Technology Vehicle Marketing department revealed the imminent demise of the Prius PHV mid-size plug-in hybrid model as production will be terminated in June. He went on to specify Toyota is "hard at work developing" the next generation, but it won't be out sooner than 2016 taking into account the regular next-gen Prius has also been pushed back. Chances are the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid will be released as a 2017MY in the fall of next year, at the earliest.

We remind you the outgoing Prius PHV mixes up a four-cylinder 1.8-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor and a 4.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. The combustion engine generates 99 PS (73 kW) whereas the electric motor delivers 82 PS (60 kW) to grant the vehicle with a combined output of 136 PS (100 kW). It’s enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 10.7 seconds and a 112 mph (180 km/h) top speed.

More importantly, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid can return 112 mpg US (134.5 mpg UK or 2.1 liters / 100 km), with CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. Last year, the model received the title for being the most economical car to lap the Nürburgring, managing to return 581 mpg US (698 mpg UK or 0.4 liters / 100 km) and completing the lap in 20 minutes and 59 seconds. The vehicle had to tackle traffic as the circuit was open to the public while the minimum speed stood at 37.2 mph (60 km/h).

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid production to end in June; next-gen due in 2016