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Very nice. I will get it for my daughter when it comes out in the fall. It is a hatchback, am pretty sure I saw that the rear seat folded down, it is the size of a Camry, list base price is $20,486, and will average 55 mpg. Because it was on a revolving pedestal, I could not get inside the vehicle. My overall impression is the Toyota will have a winner here with the only "losers" being those who bought version "one" (in more depreciation) as the new vehicle is larger and will get better gas mileage for the same money. But that can happen to anyone when a better model is released.
 

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Read all about the new '04 Prius ...

Read all about the new '04 Prius on Toyota's corporate web site (if you haven't already seen it):
http://www.toyota.com/newprius/

- Peter

P.S.: Oh, and yes, I'm the original "MO_MPG" from the old days on the Yahoo Prius group. Sorry I haven't posted anything for like an age, but I've checked-in here from time to time and have enjoyed reading. My '02 Prius (my 2nd Prius) is doing great; it's up over 25K miles. I must say, the new '04 Prius looks really sweet; a fitting evolutionary second act in the Toyota hybrid story. Cheers! -P.
 

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Very nice. I will get it for my daughter when it comes out in the fall. It is a hatchback, am pretty sure I saw that the rear seat folded down, it is the size of a Camry, list base price is $20,486, and will average 55 mpg. Because it was on a revolving pedestal, I could not get inside the vehicle. My overall impression is the Toyota will have a winner here with the only "losers" being those who bought version "one" (in more depreciation) as the new vehicle is larger and will get better gas mileage for the same money. But that can happen to anyone when a better model is released.
Yes - folding rear seats.
Standard features and base price have NOT been decided / publically announced yet. Expect late Aug. Early Sept. Earlier if they need PR or if there is overwhelming pre-order demand
Car was locked on the show floor - even I only had one chance to sit in it; when it was on the stage at the Wed. afternoon unveiling.
Toyota is VERY sure they have a winner and is going all out to let the public know: Prius is being Globally "mainstreamed".

It's about time!
 

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Yes, I have learned at the auto show that the horsepower will reach that of a Camry four cylinder, and the fuel economy of an Insight. Also it will have available side head airbags, stability control, start button, press button shifting, fold down seats, HID lights, the new PZEV emissions, (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle). All we can hope for is that the crash tests come out better than the earlier model...Yippeee!
 

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I stopped by last Friday afternoon for a couple hours (had a cold or
something so could not stay very long). Was pleasantly surprized that
the car was fold-down seat, now the back looks like my father's Outback.
:wink:

It would have been nice to wait another year, but didn't think my old
Corolla was going to last that long without a major maintenance cost or
two. I'm happy with current version though, it's just plain fun.

I was able to take pictures as well. It being on the turntable kept
the closer shots from being any good, but the overall pictures were
OK. Since I don't have anywhere online to display them all, I've
sent a CD-R to someone else for sorting out.
 
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