Prius Hearse Makes Your Last Road Trip a Green Ride
"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust"... the great circle of life is as green as it gets, so why not make your final road trip an environmentally friendly one?
That's the idea behind the upcoming Toyota Prius Hearse by Lequios. The Japanese hearse manufacturer has plenty of experience with modifying Toyota products and by basing their newest model on the popular hybrid, is simply responding to clients' requests for a more eco-friendly vehicle.
The Prius Hearse is only in the design phase at the moment but if the pictured interior photos of Lequios' other models are any indication, this is gonna be one high-class hybrid! Based on the third-generation Prius, the hearse version is extended 1930mm (77.2 inches) for a total length of 6400mm (256 inches, or 21.34 feet).
The extra length and weight does take a toll on the hybrid's vaunted fuel economy but it's still quite respectable: 20.9km/l or about 44 mpg. Compare that to the 89.4 mpg rating of the new 2010 Prius... but then, you won't be taking the Prius Hearse on grocery runs or date nights - though wouldn't that be cool?
The estimated price of Lequios' upcoming Prius Hearse is 7,875,000 yen, or around $83,000 assuming you'll even be able to buy one here in the US of A. Just in case, though, I'm advising Larry David to start saving up those Seinfeld residual checks... his funeral is gonna be pret-ty, pret-ty good! (via Japan Probe, Response.jp and Yahoo Japan)
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