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November 20, 2009

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Larger Prius to go on sale next year and Subaru has Motor Trend's top SUV pick

Prius

Paper: Bigger Prius set for sale next year
Toyota is planning a larger version of its popular Prius hybrid, which will be powered by a lithium-ion battery, a Japanese newspaper has reported. Lithium-ion batteries are more powerful than the nickel-metal hydride battery Toyota now uses in its hybrids. The new Prius, either a station wagon or SUV, is set to go on sale by the end of next year and will sell for about $22,000, the nationally circulated Yomiuri newspaper said.

--Associated Press

Subaru Outback

Subaru

Subaru gets top SUV award for Outback
Motor Trend magazine has picked the 2010 Subaru Outback as its SUV of the year. The magazine's editors voted 10-1 for the Outback because of its driving refinement, fuel economy and handling on and off the road. Editor-in-Chief Angus MacKenzie says Subaru is reshaping the SUV by merging a car-based station wagon with an SUV's off-road and hauling capabilities. The Outback won the 2010 honors from a field of 11 contenders judged on criteria including exterior and interior styling, engineering excellence, functionality, efficiency, safety and value.

--Associated Press

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