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It still looks a lot like the standard, third-gen Prius, but the just-unveiled production version of 2012 Prius Plug-in has something the gasoline-electric hybrid doesn’t: an expected fuel economy of 111.3 miles per gallon equivalent. The extra mpges come from the car’s 4.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which offers a 14.3 mile pure-electric range. We have to say, that’s an awful precise range estimate.

In any case, Toyota is displaying the car at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and it still looks like the epitome of “green” cars. With a short recharging time (just 1.5 hours) and a potential price tag (after tax incentives) of around $26-$27,000, we think the automaker’s goal of selling 16,000 Plug-in Priuses in the U.S. next year will be easily reached. The global sales target is 50,000.

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