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Toyota to retire Prius C

by Justin King

Buyers have been redirected to the new Corolla Hybrid.

Toyota has quietly confirmed that the Prius C will soon be dropped from its lineup.

"You're probably not going to see Prius C for long," Toyota marketing vice president Ed Laukes told Motor1. "The Prius C has served its purpose well."

The Prius C has been supplanted by the new Corolla Hybrid, which matches the standard Prius's 52-mpg combined rating. In contrast, the Prius C has a 46-mpg combined rating.

The fuel-sipping Corolla is intended to maximize sales of Toyota's hybrid powertrain, reaching out to a broader group of customers who may be reluctant to buy a Prius but still want extreme fuel efficiency.

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