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Toyota Prius v

Toyota Prius c Concept
Toyota prepares its 40 mpg "family" hatchback

We first brought you news of the production version of the Prius v, a larger variant of the popular Prius, back in January. The Prius v is the latest effort by Toyota to expand its hybrid reach and make the Prius nameplate its best selling model in the United States (that honor currently goes to the Camry). 

Ed Larocque, Toyota's Marketing Manager of Advanced Technology, has confirmed that the 5-seat hatchback will go on sale in October of this year. The Prius v was supposed to go on sale this summer, but the earthquake that hit Japan in March altered Toyota's production schedule. 

Toyota hopes that it will find 30,000 buyers a year in the U.S. for its new Prius v, which shouldn't be too hard a target to hit. Toyota sold 140,928 Prii in 2010 alone. 

The larger body of the Prius v allows it to have more cargo room than its sibling (34.3 cu ft behind the rear seats versus 21.6 cu ft). Toyota says that this better use of space will make the vehicle a better fit for young families who don't want to step up to a mammoth minivan or crossover.

Unfortunately, maximum seating capacity for the Prius v is an un-minivan-like five. Toyota offers a seven-seat variant of the Prius v in Japan which is made possible because the Japanese market vehicle uses a smaller, lighter lithium-ion battery pack which is located between the front seats. In an effort to keep costs in check for the U.S. market, Toyota decided to use an older style nickel-metal hydride battery pack which is located in the cargo area, robbing space for the third-row seat. 

Another downside is that the Prius v uses the same powertrain as the standard Prius, yet it is over 200 pounds heavier. That means that 60 mph comes up in a leisurely 11.5 seconds. The added weight and inferior aerodynamic design mean that the Prius v can "only" muster 40 mpg combined compared to 50 mpg combined for the Prius.

Pricing has not yet been announced, but it expect the Prius v to be priced a few thousand more than a comparably equipped Prius.

The Prius family will grow yet again this time next year with the 50+ mpg subcompact Prius c.



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RE: Drawbacks
By muIIet on 6/23/2011 9:58:06 AM , Rating: 4
So why does Fox News have more viewers, maybe because most of the country agrees with their views and reports. CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC ratings are in the tank. If there was no FOX News can you imagine how far left they would go with nobody checking them.


RE: Drawbacks
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/23/2011 10:04:57 AM , Rating: 1
So if more people agree with what your news channel is producing, then you are more correct than everyone else?

What you said proves nothing. If we go by ratings, American Idol is the best TV show in America.


RE: Drawbacks
By Reclaimer77 on 6/23/2011 12:47:54 PM , Rating: 3
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So if more people agree with what your news channel is producing, then you are more correct than everyone else?


I guess it couldn't be that Fox has the highest ratings because a large portion of the news watching demographic is tired of the lies and bullshit coming from the Liberal outlets? Nah, couldn't be that.


RE: Drawbacks
By Wierdo on 6/23/11, Rating: 0
RE: Drawbacks
By cruisin3style on 6/23/11, Rating: 0
RE: Drawbacks
By Reclaimer77 on 6/23/2011 4:10:53 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for illustrating how well informed the typical person is who doesn't watch Fox News. Yup, that tax cuts were just for people who made 1+ million. You're dead on.

By the way, I wouldn't act too smug if I were you. You are one of the worst posters here. Your grammar, sentence structure, and arguments are almost painful to read. Finish middle school, then get back to me.


RE: Drawbacks
By cruisin3style on 6/23/2011 6:51:29 PM , Rating: 2
It is you who are smug. And just so we are clear, anyone who doesn't agree with you isn't smug but I'm glad you're focused on the right's flashwords like boondoggle and smug without any individuality for yourself. I watch/listen to c-span and saw with my own eyes the republicans and democrats argue over a concession the democrats made. The democrats' original stance was they did not want tax cuts for anyone over $250k, but then offered to extend that number to $1 million in the hope that they could get the bill for unemployment benefits and whatever other benefits they were looking for passed. Republicans refused.

Also thank you for illustrating how reasonable the typical person who watches fox news is. you are quick to attack things just as fox news does though not necessarily with any real gripes but just to attack for attackings sake because you don't agree with me. If you can understand my posts, which clearly you can because you responded, then i guess there is no problem with my message. FYI i thought i was pretty knowledgeable about grammar and sentence structure, although admittedly i might put out a lot of run-on sentences. Please feel free to point out my faults so i can correct, but also just keep in mind this is the internet, thanks


RE: Drawbacks
By Reclaimer77 on 6/23/2011 7:34:47 PM , Rating: 2
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I watch/listen to c-span and saw with my own eyes the republicans and democrats argue over a concession the democrats made. The democrats' original stance was they did not want tax cuts for anyone over $250k, but then offered to extend that number to $1 million in the hope that they could get the bill for unemployment benefits and whatever other benefits they were looking for passed. Republicans refused.


Unemployment checks don't come from the Governments petty cash drawer you know. You seriously don't understand why it's an issue? The Government does not "have" money! Every dollar it spends it has to tax or borrow or print.

I'm all for reasonable Unemployment benefits. But the Obama administration has taken it WAY too far. Over two years of Unemployment? Who the hell do you think has to pay for that? WE DO! If you haven't found a job after ONE year then you either aren't trying or are doing it wrong.

You really just don't get it. You are making it seem like the Republicans are fighting just for the sake of fighting Democrats. How can you not see that this is a viable issue and that many Conservatives are alarmed at the amount of debt we've accumulated over the past 2 1/2 years?


RE: Drawbacks
By cruisin3style on 6/23/2011 8:10:20 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you for letting me know how i should feel about an issue. what i was trying to show is how the republicans are for the wealthy getting plenty of money (it was in the tens of billions a year for the $1 million+ crowd) vs to the unemployed and whoever else stood to benefit (which i want to say cost a fraction of what the tax cuts for the $1 millioners cost, but i could be remembering it wrong)

Everyone is alarmed (or should be) at the amount of debt we've accumulated over the last decade, and especially since the financial crisis which I absolutely agree that Obama failed to take into account and curb spending. ~$1.5 trillion a few years in a row is possibly the craziest thing i've ever heard.

On the flip side of the coin though I would argue that it WAS a financial crisis, while things were pretty good under Bush but he failed to pass budgets without deficits as well adding what i think was $5 trillion with no financial disaster to recover from. No one is innocent in the catastrophe that is our debt in my opinion.


RE: Drawbacks
By Reclaimer77 on 6/23/2011 9:24:31 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody on Unemployment ever started a business and created jobs for other people. Please explain to me how a tax cut on the "rich" is less beneficial to the country as a whole than dolling out more government cheese to people to sit at home and do nothing. Tax cuts don't "cost" us anything, because they always stimulate the economy which leads to economic growth. Higher taxes depress the growth rate.

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republicans are for the wealthy getting plenty of money


Liberal talking point stereotype.

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Everyone is alarmed (or should be) at the amount of debt we've accumulated over the last decade, and especially since the financial crisis which I absolutely agree that Obama failed to take into account and curb spending. ~$1.5 trillion a few years in a row is possibly the craziest thing i've ever heard.


I'm encouraged by this. I agree.


RE: Drawbacks
By YashBudini on 6/23/2011 10:13:10 PM , Rating: 2
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Nobody on Unemployment ever started a business and created jobs for other people.

How could you possibly know that? Being unemployed does not require being broke. Many start business at that very time, in order to no longer have a boss, run the show, etc.

Your comment is highly biased and unfounded.

As for being rich, how many people lost their jobs based on what a handful of rich did on Wall St?


RE: Drawbacks
By cruisin3style on 6/23/2011 10:24:30 PM , Rating: 2
If you think that

A. people who took home $1 million dollars are not rich, because we are not talking about owners of $1 million businesses but of actual income of a million

B. that all or even most of those million dollar earners used their extra tax cut money (because remember everyone got the same tax cut, then 250k+ people got extra) to start a business or created jobs with it

C. that almost all if not all unemployment money doesn't go right back into the economy

D. that it is preferable to live on unemployment vs a nice salaried job or at the very least a job with advancement potential

then i question your own bias sir. Where is the wisdom in being willing to give out what amounts to billions to people that I am going to call rich to do with as they please, while decrying when a democratic administration gives grants to companies for alternative fuels or EV makers or whatever industry that is at least an actual business to begin with.


RE: Drawbacks
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2011 9:42:44 AM , Rating: 2
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C. that almost all if not all unemployment money doesn't go right back into the economy


Wow, again, you just refuse to get it. You aren't the only one. I have seen many people claim that government money "goes back" into the economy, so that's a good thing. You cannot stimulate the economy with borrowed money that you have to pay back, and that's what Unemployment money is. It's debt, not growth.

I'm not going to argue tax cuts. Tax cuts are not "giving" someone something. It's letting people KEEP MORE Of what they have earned. That's a huge difference. You speak like a typical Leftie who believes all our money belongs to the Government, they just get to decide how much of it we get back. Wrong wrong WRONG.


RE: Drawbacks
By cruisin3style on 6/24/2011 4:11:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yes fine they are keeping more of their money and no one is giving anyone anything, nitpick the wording to make your point thats great. You aren't the only person who focuses on the wrong part of what someone says to disprove something they never said.

I never said all money belongs to government, i never said they get to decide how much of it we get to keep. I am saying you are a huge jacka$$ that continuously puts words in other people's mouths or infers what you feel like out of what someone says.

Please tell me where I said either of those things. Please tell me the last time you voted Democrat, because I voted Republican in 2010 and am absolutely prepared to do so in 2012 because I am absolutely an independent, if not with a left-leaning bias.

Who said growth? Certainly not me. Please tell me how, if the government has to borrow billions of dollars because it isn't collecting taxes on millionaires that it previously did, that is growth and not debt. The 250k tax cut bonus was $800 billion total through 2010 so let's say the millionaires cost, what, a quarter of that? for the hell of it. So unless I'm wrong every year from Bush through current has had more than $20 billion in deficits. So since government spending was not curbed, I guess we borrowed to make up for money the government was no longer receiving. So you're saying the distinction that is so important to make is that the government is spending money on the unemployed but it just isn't collecting money on millionaires anymore, despite that both of these actions added to money the government needs to borrow because they did not decrease spending in other areas to make up for either measure? The important part certainly isn't that one is providing a relatively small amount of money to people who are out of work and maybe struggling to provide for their families, versus not collecting money from millionaires who probably aren't struggling. And certainly those unemployed are less likely to spend that money versus people who are paid $1 million dollars a year or more. Typical Righty...just right right RIGHT.


RE: Drawbacks
By cruisin3style on 6/24/2011 4:29:34 PM , Rating: 2
http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs%5C88xx%5Cdoc8893%5Cblog...

I'm sure they can't be trusted until a republican administration is in, but until we receive that gospel we may have to settle for this


RE: Drawbacks
By Hiawa23 on 6/23/2011 10:09:02 AM , Rating: 3
So why does Fox News have more viewers, maybe because most of the country agrees with their views and reports. CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC ratings are in the tank. If there was no FOX News can you imagine how far left they would go with nobody checking them.

I see Bill O' Reilly making this claim almost on a nightly bases, but most folks who are in my demographic, really doesn't like Fox News at all. I don't know about most of the country, not even sure how you can make that claim to begin with. Oh wait, we are in the minority anyway. Thanks, mom & dad. I don't base my views on what some claim the majority agrees with. The majority of my folks don't agree with them at all, & FOX NEWS make from some interesting discussions at the barbershop in minority sections of America. We tend to see things alittle different from a different perspective.


RE: Drawbacks
By Spuke on 6/23/2011 10:30:29 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
We tend to see things alittle different from a different perspective.
Cause when you're broke, everyone is crazy or FOS. LOL!


RE: Drawbacks
By YashBudini on 6/23/2011 2:05:39 PM , Rating: 3
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Cause when you're broke, everyone is crazy or FOS. LOL!

Actually even those not broke think that way. As George Carlin explained it, "Everyone who drives faster than me is crazy, everyone who drives slower than me is an idiot."

Extremists have been gaining numbers for over a decade. Society's lower norms have allowed to them to essentially "let it all hang out." In the 50's and 60's if you were considered an arse you were embarrassed. Today a kid in high school considered an arse wears it like a badge of honor.


RE: Drawbacks
By Chudilo on 6/23/2011 10:11:08 AM , Rating: 2
Simple. Because people that watch Fox news have more spare time to watch TV.


RE: Drawbacks
By muIIet on 6/23/11, Rating: 0
RE: Drawbacks
By YashBudini on 6/24/2011 2:51:18 PM , Rating: 2
So what's the maximum allowable number of old people you would allow to starve or freeze to death? You really think it's possible for people who worked their entire lives at a moderate salary or income to survive for several decades into retirement? Where costs for food and energy skyrocket while pensions and SS barely move, if they move at all?

But for all I know you have a recipe book on how to prepare such people for a meal. And I mean in that in the omnivore sense.

More CoolAid with your whine?


RE: Drawbacks
By Iaiken on 6/23/2011 10:50:08 AM , Rating: 1
Just because the vitriol that Fox spews is popular, doesn't mean it is accurate, factual, present all the facts or are otherwise relevant.

In fact, you'll find that numerous PR studies have shown that news programs that present all the facts of relevant topics in an impartial and accurate way are too long and BORING to the general public. Go fig...

Instead, you see almost all news programs moving to short unrelated snippets, usually with attached opinion. I'm sorry, but you'd be hard pressed to explain anything of any real substance in a 2-5 minute snippet. The problem with news opinion is that rather than let the viewer draw their own conclusion. Instead they mount you with a single side of the story, throw out a matching opinion that is supported by the story and slant it in such a way that most people simply take that opinion on as their own.

The reason this is dangerous is that people are lazy and are unwilling to actually go out and dig up the other side of the story. Even then, they've already been tainted by an initial bias because the story was provided with a slant that already aligns well with their beliefs.

"Fair and balanced" is a better description of my @$$ than of Fox news. In reality, Fox news is a top-directed 24/7 propaganda engine that routinely engages in consumer fraud. In fact, I find a lot of what Fox fails to report in their news story to be the most interesting aspect of Fox news stories themselves.

The most interesting of which I find is the war of public opinion that Fox news is engaged in with relevance to Planned Parenthood. As Fox pundits tell it, the function of Planned Parenthood is to facilitate abortions. The primary mission of the organization is the education of young people on the matter of sex and the provision of effective contraception, protection from sexually transmitted diseases, emergency contraception and cancer screening. In fact, over 85% of the organizations funding go towards these. Another remaining 12% is split predominantly between adoption services and women's health programs. So what about the only talking point Fox seems to ream on when it comes to Planned Parenthood? Well, it only accounts for 3% of the annual budget and this has been confirmed by the Government Accountability Office auditors.

So in effect, Fox is selling 3% of this organizations story as the total package, billing it as Planned Parenthood's primary function. Now THAT is interesting...


RE: Drawbacks
By Reclaimer77 on 6/23/2011 1:00:42 PM , Rating: 2
Can you show me where they said that's it's "primary function"? I bet you can't. Or are they focusing on it because it's the most controversial? There IS a difference you know. A very large segment of our population does NOT want their tax money to go toward paying for abortions. Why shouldn't that be reported or discussed? That's a legitimate news story, no matter how you feel about it.

The rest of your post, well, that can be said about ANY news outlet. But I've never seen you slam MSNBC for it. I wonder, could that be because you're liberal?


RE: Drawbacks
By Iaiken on 6/23/2011 1:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
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There IS a difference you know.


I know, but I also know a case of lying by omission when I see it. Are you familiar with the notion? While they haven't outright said that the primary function of PP, it doesn't take a genius to realize that when they talk exclusively about this one aspect of the organization, it creates an impression in the uninformed viewer that this is all that planned parenthood does.

Conversely, I challenge you to find me a single instance in Fox's main news feeds where they completely and accurately describe the objectives of the organization and the number of people receiving each service and how much funding is used to provide them. This information is conveniently left out and it's absence creates false impressions; which, if done deliberately, equate to a flat out lie. When this is done repeatedly, as Fox has done since February of this year, it becomes indicative of hatchet job reporting in support of an agenda.

What's more, the Fox hatchet job on Planned Parenthood is ongoing.


RE: Drawbacks
By Reclaimer77 on 6/23/2011 2:03:07 PM , Rating: 2
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Are you familiar with the notion?


You mean like what every other news outlet does when they sugar coat stories about the Obama Administration or Congress? Yup, I am.

How about that glowing coverage MSNBC did of the health care debate? Yeah, they sure informed Americans what really was at stake /sarcasm.

I don't actually watch Fox a whole lot, so I can't comment on the planned parenthood "hatchet" job. I doubt you watch Fox either, so I don't know why you insist this is taking place.

Taking your argument to it's logical conclusion, at the very worst, all you can accuse Fox of is doing what everyone else has been doing for decades now. But because it's from the other side of ideological beliefs, it's "FAUX" and more wrong somehow.


RE: Drawbacks
By YashBudini on 6/24/2011 2:21:22 PM , Rating: 2
This goes way beyond sugar coating, this is a total fabrication made and implemented by Faux News, the name they clearly earned with this segment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaIh0GzMawE

Why? Because the usual leeches in the party didn't win. They later apologized for the "mistake." There's no mistake here, mistake implies a lack of intent, this was done with intent, aka malice.

You would think that if Faux want to fool the people of this country the least they could do is to be able to fool Helen Keller.


RE: Drawbacks
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2011 3:32:34 PM , Rating: 2
And Dan Rather's "momogate" where he knowingly used fake documents to slander Bush in 2004, what was that? Sure wasn't a mistake. Just more intentional media manipulation to push voters into backing the Liberal Democrat candidate. Why let a little thing like truth and facts get in the way, right?

I can think of nothing more disgusting or insulting to journalism than what CBS and Rather did. Your example doesn't even come close. Because you don't believe it was a mistake doesn't mean it couldn't have been.


RE: Drawbacks
By YashBudini on 6/24/2011 3:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
And Rather is gone while Faux simply said "my bad" and keeps going.

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Because you don't believe it was a mistake doesn't mean it couldn't have been.

The commentary later about the crowd's reaction? The guy wasn't there and only saw the old news tape? What's the lifespan of any news story? Hours? Please.

quote:
Why let a little thing like truth and facts get in the way, right?

Ironically for my link I asked that question before you did.


RE: Drawbacks
By YashBudini on 6/23/2011 6:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
In fact, you'll find that numerous PR studies have shown that news programs that present all the facts of relevant topics in an impartial and accurate way are too long and BORING to the general public. Go fig...

And there's this:

quote:
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact they do so.

Bertrand Russell

http://www.memorable-quotes.com/bertrand+russell,a...


RE: Drawbacks
By 91TTZ on 6/23/2011 2:02:53 PM , Rating: 2
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So why does Fox News have more viewers, maybe because most of the country agrees with their views and reports


Fox News is news entertainment, and people like being entertained. It's the same reason that "The Learning Channel" has nothing but braindead reality shows on it now.

You'll make a lot more money selling people greaseburgers than trying to get them to eat a healthy salad.


RE: Drawbacks
By Reclaimer77 on 6/23/2011 2:10:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Fox News is news entertainment, and people like being entertained.


Right and MSNBC brought over Olberman because all his years at ESPN Sports Center watching men chase balls around for a living gave him a profound and professional political perspective...

Fox is clearly the ONLY news entertainment show out there.


RE: Drawbacks
By cruisin3style on 6/23/2011 2:37:14 PM , Rating: 2
"Most people" believed the world was flat and witches would float if dunked into water at one time


RE: Drawbacks
By YashBudini on 6/23/2011 6:20:28 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
"Most people" believed the world was flat and witches would float if dunked into water at one time

But only the extremists found in necessary to kill or eliminate those that were not "with them," but "against them."


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