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Toyota Prius spawns 8 siblings

The Prius FT-CH is the first of eight

The Prius FT-CH is the first of eight sibling versions of the hybrid coming to market. (Undated) Photo Credit: Handout

Toyota is planning to release eight more fuel-efficient  models under the Prius name within the next few years, starting with the compact FT-CH hatchback.

This newest vision of Toyota's hot selling hybrid is 22 inches shorter in length than the current Prius.

The compact four-passenger  would offer fuel economy that exceeds that of the 50 mile-per-gallon Prius, Toyota said.

The car is aimed at young buyers and will also be sporting a smaller price tag than the regular priced $22,500 Prius. Toyota hasn't given word yet on when exactly the retail version of the FT-CH compact car would hit showrooom floors.

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The Prius FT-CH. (Handout Photos)

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