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When to expect 3rd-generation?

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Posted by Newser on April 14, 2006, 3:27 pm
The president of Toyota has said they'll offer the 3rd-generation Synergy
drive in 2008.  This is supposed to be lighter (ergo, better mileage) with
better performance, and is supposed to cut the cost differential between
their hybrids and conventional cars.

I'd like to wait to buy this, but it partially depends on how long the wait
will be.
Does anyone know if this means the 3rd-generation Synergy will appear:
- in the 2008 model year, hence first appearing at the end of 2007?
- in late calendar 2008, as the 2009 model year?
- some other time in calendar 2008?


Posted by Michelle Steiner on April 16, 2006, 11:16 pm

Only Toyota knows.  But when auto manufacturers speak of years, they're
speaking of model years.  But who knows when the 2008 Prius will be
released?  Only Toyota does, and even they may not know yet.

The 2002 Acura TL came out in March 2001; the 2007 Toyota Camry came out
in March or April 2006; the 2005 Scion xB came out in June 2004.  Other
cars and models usually come out late in the calendar year before the
model year.

But I don't know offhand of any model-year car released in the calendar
year of the same number.

Stop Mad Cowboy Disease:  Impeach the son of a Bush.

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