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2010 Toyota Prius spotted by phone!

As a photographer I despise camera-phones! But that was all Reed Hecht had on him as he spotted a 2010 Prius prototype on the city streets.

With Toyota's history of extreme camouflage, this may be all we're able to see until the Prius makes its official debut at the North American International Auto Show, in January.

The new Prius will be built at Toyota's new Mississippi plant, and will be a bit wider (about 2.5 centimeters) than the current model, and about 3-centimeters shorter.

Power-wise, we are expecting 40 more horsepower from a new 1.8-liter engine, and better fuel economy. The Prius will still be aided by an electric motor with nickel metal hydride batteries, but lithium ion batteries are anticipated for the not-so-distant future.

photo:Reed Hecht for Brenda Priddy & Company