Next-Generation Toyota Prius Could Return 55 MPG
Speaking at the Toyota Hybrid World Tour, managing officer Satoshi Ogiso said the automaker is aiming to improve Prius’ mileage with around ten percent compared to the third-generation model, which should bump the current 50 MPG to 55 MPG.
"The current Prius has held America's fuel economy crown for many years. In its three generations, Prius MPG has improved on average by about 10 percent, each generation. The challenge to continue to improve at this rate - to beat your own record - becomes very difficult, but makes it all the more motivating. We are very motivated to beat our record,” he said.
In addition, Ogiso revealed that Toyota plans to introduce 15 new or redesigned hybrid vehicle by the end of 2015, using powertrains that will deliver “significantly improved fuel economy in a more compact package that is lighter in weight and lower in cost.”