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The upcoming Toyota Prius V, a pseudo-minivan version of Toyota's wildly popular Prius hybrid, may be delayed for up to a year because of battery shortages resulting from the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Toyota initially planned to launch the vehicle in April, but the resulting supply chain issues have thrown their plans into turmoil. Toyota claimed that the battery shortage was an issue even before the earthquake, but the resulting disruption means that production levels will not reach normal levels for a number of months.

The new battery is a lithium-ion model, which is more compact, and available on the seven-seater Prius V, which will not be coming to North America. Toyota is said to be capable of producing 1,000 cars equipped with this battery, compared to 2,000 per month with the standard nickel-metal hydride unit. But Toyota is hoping to sell 2,000 examples of the Prius V in North America each month, a figure that will have to be adjusted in light of the current situation.

More: Toyota Prius V Delayed Up To A Year on AutoGuide.com
 

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Its not surprise to me that , the Prius V will be delayed for year. Esp after all the Production difficulties in Japan. Also Power Roll Out issues and parts shortages. Also with the Problem of the Nuclear Power Plant as well. Japan has their hands full, as well as all the automakers and electronics makers scrambling to meet production!


But I'll wait for my Prius V!
 
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