There won't be a 2018 Prius v, or a 2019 for that matter.
Toyota will soon stop production of the Prius v for the American market. The hybrid people-mover won't have a spot in the brand's 2018 line-up, and it won't return for the 2019 model year either.
Green Car Reports first reported the Prius v's demise after obtaining confirmation from Toyota spokesman Corey Proffitt. The publication explains sales of the station wagon-esque model have collapsed since the company introduced the RAV4 Hybrid in 2016, and there is no indication they're going back up anytime soon.
We're sure you've heard this one before: American buyers are ditching sedans and wagons for crossovers. The Prius v (pictured) is very close to a wagon and the RAV4 hybrid is a crossover. The announcement (and the reason behind it) should come as no surprise.
"After six years and nearly 160,000 units sold in the United States, the decision was made to end Prius v production for the U.S. and Puerto Rico this December," the spokesman affirmed. There's no word on whether production will continue for the Canadian market. Toyota builds the Prius v in its Aichi, Japan, factory.
Elsewhere in the world, the current Toyota Prius v will soon be replaced by a brand-new second-generation model. It's hardly a hot seller in Europe, but it's increasingly popular among cab drivers in big cities due to its generous dimensions and its impressive fuel economy figures.
Recent spy shots indicate the biggest Prius of all is morphing into a more crossover-esque vehicle. It could make its debut next year at the Geneva Auto Show, and go on sale in global markets like Europe and Asia shortly after.