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Toyota Prius
Toyota's Prius is a big hit globally

Although Prius drivers are often the butt of jokes here in the United States, the vehicles are still quite popular due to their lofty fuel economy numbers and "green" image. The original Prius was introduced to the United States in 2000 and is currently in its third generation. The larger Prius v was introduced late last year, while the smaller Prius c went on sale in the U.S. earlier this year.

The popularity of the Prius family of hybrids doesn't just apply to the U.S., however. Sales of the hybrids have been booming globally. According to Automotive News, the Prius is now the third best-selling nameplate in the world when it comes to the automobile sales through the first quarter of 2012 (247,230 units).


Toyota Prius v
 
First place goes to Prius' cheaper, older brother: the Toyota Corolla (300,800 units). In second place sits the Ford Focus (277,000 units), which was recently revamped with a host of technological improvements and new engines to boost infotainment options and fuel economy across the board.
 
With three different sizes of Prius available and with prices starting under $20,000, Toyota is hoping to solidify its position as a leader in hybrid vehicles. 


Toyota Prius c

Source: The Globe and Mail



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I can't believe it...
By KendoTek on 5/30/2012 7:56:00 PM , Rating: 2
I actually want a Prius. Not for the eco-hype, but because I am geeky enough to want to attempt some software hot-rodding on one. There are two power sources, under that hood, after all! And think of all those parameters, waiting to be tweaked...




RE: I can't believe it...
By sprockkets on 5/30/2012 10:23:56 PM , Rating: 2
Get a real car like the Ford Fusion. That thing is nice.


RE: I can't believe it...
By MGSsancho on 5/31/2012 12:05:45 AM , Rating: 2
OP wants to mod his car like this guy did http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F...

Note the MR2 was never a jizz-tastically amazing car, it was good for when it came out at the price. The guy in the link just modded it beyond anyone's imagination. Maybe the OP wants to do the same and has the tools plus skill set. If that is the case why would the OP want a Ford Fusion?


RE: I can't believe it...
By pm on 6/4/2012 12:27:35 PM , Rating: 2
That was my reason for buying my 2010 Prius - to mod it. I don't think the Prius is a particularly good looking car (but I don't dislike the way it looks either), I don't really love the way that it drives, but it's reliable, pretty cheap to operate and to buy (w/ fed + state tax credits), you can stick a lot of stuff in it, and I really like monitoring it and modding it. I upgraded the battery pack and now have a homemade plug-in hybrid.


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