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2010 Toyota Prius

2010 Honda Insight
Base Prius gets a $1,000 price cut

The most popular hybrid car on the market is the Toyota Prius. The Prius has been around for a decade now and Toyota is getting set to launch a new and larger Prius for 2010 that offers an increased feature set and better fuel economy. One early road test showed that the 2010 Prius achieved 52.5 mpg.

Toyota is going to be pricing the third-generation 2010 Prius to better compete with Honda's new Insight hybrid. The Insight carries a base MSRP of $19,800, undercutting the 2009 Prius selling for a base MSRP of $22,000. However, the 2010 Prius I will carry an MSRP of $21,000 which helps to close the gap between the two hybrids. The 2010 Prius will be offered in five trim levels with the II, III, IV, and V coming in at $22,000, $23,000, $25,800, and $27,720 respectively.

Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division, expects the $22,000 Prius II to be the most popular model for consumers. “This model provides more than $2,000 added value, including the features most buyers want, at the same price as the current base model,” said Carter.

Standalone options will include an $1,800 Navigation Package, $3,600 Solar Roof Package (includes Navigation Package), and a $4,500 Advanced Technology Package (Navigation Package plus Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System, Lane Keep Assist, and Intelligent Parking Assist).

The Insight is rated at 41mpg combined for city and highway driving, while the larger new Prius is rated at 50 mpg combined and is classified as a mid-size car offering more space than the Honda.

The economy is hurting sales of all vehicles, including the Prius and other hybrid automobiles. Through Q1 of 2009, the Prius sold 24,277 units, a 43% drop from the same quarter last year. The Insight hit the market in March and sold 569 since then.

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RE: Stop hybrid dumping!
By Alexstarfire on 4/23/2009 2:11:41 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sure I probably know far more than you about these batteries, but that isn't the point. As I mentioned before THERE IS NO FUCKING EVIDENCE YET. Most of the batteries aren't even outside the warranty period yet. I went with the mileage because that's the best there is to compare it to.

And I don't know why you keep saying over and over again that batteries degrade over time.... that's so damn basic. Everyone knows, or should at least, know that. But the fact that you keep stating this tells me only one thing.... you have no idea how a hybrid uses the battery. It never uses the full charge, something between like 10% to 20% at most. I don't quite remember the specifics of the Prius but IIRC it trys to keep the charge between like 60% and 80%. Over time it won't be able to. I can't say for certain, but I see no reason why the car can't adjust this value based on the max charge the battery can hold. It have to guess it, but it shouldn't be too difficult. Since a hybrid will NEVER use the full charge of the battery it can conceivably work perfectly fine for far more than a decade. Considering what a hybrid is supposed to do there is really no reason for the car to stop functioning properly until the battery can't hold a charge period... and that's going to be a LONG way down the road.

But hey... show me some proof that these batteries are going to have to be replaced every 8 years, or 10 in California, when the warranty ends then I can shut my trap. But I already know there isn't any evidence either way and all the circumstantial evidence points to the batteries being able to last well outside their warranty period.

And also, there have been some reports that a whole battery may not need to be replaced but the individual cells that have failed. I think this is more referring to problems when a battery just dies because of some defect. I presume the same could be done with a battery going dead as I'm sure the wear isn't going to be perfectly even across the cells. Of course the people at Toyota may have some system that keeps the wear even. It'd be smart if they did.

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