North American division to drop compact hybrid hatchback in favour of new petrol-electric Corolla. As for Australia? We're not sure what the future holds just yet.
Toyota's North American division will cull the little Prius C from its line-up in the coming months, making way for the new-generation Corolla Hybrid to take its place in the range.
"The transition to Corolla Hybrid [should be] in the next couple of months," the spokesperson said.
First launched in North America in 2012, the Prius C currently retails from US$21,530 ($30,033.27), a little over $2000 less than the regular and newer Prius line.
That high starting price probably doesn't help the ageing hatchback's case, given the regular Prius is based on the newer TNGA platform and offers the company's latest active safety and driver assistance features, while the Prius C does not.
Furthermore, the new 2020 Corolla Hybrid will offer more power than the Prius C, while also being more frugal according to official data. Provided Toyota USA can price the petrol-electric Corolla below the Prius, it seems like a no-brainer.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Orlando Rodriguez, product public relations manager for Toyota Australia, said at this stage the Prius C will continue as part of the local line-up for the foreseeable future.
The range currently starts at $24,040 before on-road costs, making the Prius C the most affordable hybrid in Australia at the moment.
In saying that, the cheapest Corolla Hybrid starts at $25,870, offering new-generation underpinnings, more standard equipment, and the latest infotainment and driver assistance tech as standard.
Stay tuned for an update.