Toyota set to unveil two new Prius models by 2012

TOYOTA plans to sell two new versions of its Prius hybrid in the US by the end of 2012, unveiling both an expanded and a more compact version yesterday.

The expanded version will have 50 per cent more interior space than the current model, while the compact will be about the same size as Japanese auto maker’s Yaris model, according to reports from two unidentified US automotive dealers attending a Toyota conference in Las Vegas.

Toyota recently pledged to release six new hybrid models in the next two years.

Meanwhile, Toyota’s president of US operations Yoshi Inaba yesterday called upon US dealers to boost annual sales to two million vehicles by 2013.

The challenge, delivered at the Las Vegas convention yesterday, would amount to a 30 per cent increase in annual sales from current levels.