Is Toyota Developing a Prius Pickup?

Yesterday Toyota officially unveiled its new Prius family of vehicles at the Detroit Auto Show. In addition to the standard Prius that is already on sale and the plug-in hybrid version, Toyota unveiled the larger Prius V and the compact Prius C concept. But could there be something else in the works in the form of a pickup truck?

The Advanced Breakthrough Aero Truck (A-BAT) debuted at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show and featured a hybrid powertrain and a unibody platform. The concept was smaller than the Tacoma and featured cab forward styling to maximize the interior space and cargo capacity. It was originally given the green light, but then the economy in 2009 killed those plans. But according to Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of Toyota Division at Toyota Motor Sales USA, the A-BAT concept could eventually be produced under the Prius family.

According to Carter, If a Prius pickup were produced it would slot under the Tacoma.

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