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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 YashBudini on 6/23/2011 6:03:43 PM , Rating: 2
Everything is a matter of perspective. Let's say moderate lefty news is about 10 AM, fair and balanced is noon, and to the right is to the right. Now suppose the viewer is at 2PM. Not much to watch is there? So along comes Fox at 4 or even 5 PM. If your perspective is 2PM then fair and balanced at 4PM is closer to it than 10AM. It seems like it's leaning less to you based on where you're coming from.

The sad part is nobody is really looking for fair and balanced, probably one of the main reasons it's not delivered, especially on TV, it's simply lacks zest or juice.

But to readily accept the constant spoon feeding of "fair and balanced" it must be restated relentlessly. The success of the technique of that statement is historical. Repeat something often enough and people will start to believe it. I Googled "Repeat a lie often enough". It's commonly misattributed to Joseph Goebbels.

quote:
A lie told often enough becomes truth

Vladimir Lenin.

Though OJ didn't have much success with it. He probably quit too soon.


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