Toyota redesigned its ecostar, the Prius, according to this Los Angeles Times story, and the third-generation version, due out in spring, is set to feature all kinds of additional cool stuff, including:
- 50 miles per gallon;
- a solar-powered ventilation system to “take some of the load off the air-conditioning system by pre-cooling the interior of the car on hot days;”
- enough engine-only juice to offer 98 horsepower thanks to a new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine;
- and “combined electric-internal-combustion hybrid potency up to 134 horsepower,” up from 76 with the second-gen Prius.
Doesn’t that just sound cool? After selling 160,000 Priuses in 2008, Toyota expects to move 180,000 of the new units in its first year on the market.
OK, tell me, are you buying one?