I ordered a Prius 'C' last month after a fantastic test drive around Mayenne city and a $3000 bribe from the French Gummint and the Salesman. Can't wait!
It's due first week in December. The electric motor[s] appear to be sychronous 3 phase, 500+volt with variable frequency, coupled to a 4-pot gas engine. It has an auto box, [ never had one before!
] based on a simple one-ring epicyclic gear, driven by electic motors from both sides
for a true, non-slip, infinite ratio trans with hardly any parts. That's not a new idea, I think it appeared in US tanks in WWII. Engineers are always borrowing others' good ideas, but Edison simply stole them blind.