Toyota to pull the plug on the Prius PHV next month image

The production of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid will come to a full stop in June as the car manufacturer is planning to introduce a new generation of the model.

The Toyota Prius may be either loved or hated but this is a vehicle which will remain in the automotive history as the first true hybrid car to really catch up to the public. But since it has been in production for quite a few years now, time has come for the Japanese based automaker to pull the plug on it. The announcement hasn’t been made official at this time but according to a recent the model in question will be leaving the assembly line for good in June.

The mid-sized plug-in hybrid will be terminated next month as Toyota is currently focusing on the development of the next generation. The model isn’t expected any sooner than 2016 considering the fact that the regular Prius, also in its next generation, has been also pushed back. The current variant of the car is coming with a 1.8 liter four-cylinder gasoline burner, backed up by an electric motor and a 4.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, producing a total output of 136 HP (100 kW). From 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), this needs 10.7 seconds and it has a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph). The model can return 2.1L / 100km in fuel consumption (134.5 mpg UK / 112 mpg US). No details on what the next-gen will be using under its hood are available at this time.