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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 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
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
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.

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.

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.

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
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:

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

Bertrand Russell,a...

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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