Toyota will boast Australia's most affordable hybrid when its upcoming Prius C hits the market in the coming months, bettering, according to Toyota, the $29,990 Honda Insight by "thousands of dollars".
As a light car, the Prius C is a class smaller and just under 400mm shorter than the Insight, although it sits on a wheelbase just 2mm short of the Honda's footprint.
The little Toyota's pricing will likely reflect its position in the light car segment (think Nissan Micra, Ford Fiesta), although its hybrid technology will see it priced closer to small-car territory.
The up-shot here is that while you'll probably get less storage space and a more snug interior, you'll be in a hybrid for around $25,000. (Plus on-roads, of course.)
About the Prius C
Power for the Prius C is provided by a 1.5 litre petrol engine paired with an electric motor, producing a combined 73kW - on par with the Insight's 1.3 litre petrol engine and electric motor combo.
Toyota's Australian arm also confirmed earlier this year that the Prius C will offer the lowest city-cycle fuel consumption figures of any car not powered purely by electricity or a plug-in hybrid system, listed at 3.7 l/100km.
That's compared to 3.9 l/100km for the regular Prius, 4.0 l/100km of the CT 200h, the current leaders in the city-cycle charts.
For combined-cycle driving however, it is likely to be outdone by the Golf Bluemotion diesel (3.8), the Prius (3.9), and possibly the CT 200h (4.1).
Watch for more details on the Prius C as it nears its second-quarter 2012 launch, or check out TMR's Prius C tag page.