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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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RE: Interesting
By sprockkets on 5/30/2012 10:16:35 PM , Rating: -1
Dude, the review of that car is pretty much a yaris with a hybrid. To quote c & d :

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the C’s power-to-weight ratio, at about 25 pounds per horsepower, is only slightly better than your author’s. With better gearing, he might be able to get to 60 mph in about the same 11 or so seconds, too. Driven like a normal car, the C is, quite frankly, frustrating.

It could have been higher but for a moment’s indiscretion during which we accelerated to 70 under wide-open throttle. [Wince.] Going up a steep hill. (As the miles pass, fidelity only gets harder.) The good news is that the Prius C actually is capable of accelerating to 70 mph uphill. We weren’t sure it’d be able to.

We also wouldn’t want to drive a Prius C. It does have decent body control, but the car always seems to want to stop moving, like a fat guy who labors through each day motivated by the thought of his next opportunity to sit. The brake pedal offers a previously undiscovered combination of firm and squishy, giving the feel of a layer of foam rubber atop a two-by-four rigidly mounted to the firewall. And although top-spec cars get a different steering rack to go along with their 16-inch wheels, there’s little in the way of steering feel with either setup.


If your only goal is gas mileage, sure, buy a prius. For the rest of us who enjoy driving, there's Mazda. I also won't have to worry about all the BS computers, the motor, the battery or any other ridiculous complexities that come with hybrids will guarantee I'll never come out ahead on the money I saved with gas.


RE: Interesting
By sprockkets on 5/30/12, Rating: 0
RE: Interesting
By Pudro on 5/31/2012 4:09:26 AM , Rating: 1
If your goal is to enjoy driving, sure, by a Mazda.For the rest of the world, there is the Prius.

I don't care how much a relatively small group cares about enjoying driving. That doesn't matter when discussing whether a car is worth buying when that clearly doesn't define the target demographic.

I'm not even defending the Prius here. (Personally, I would prefer a Mazda as well.) Just pointing out that your argument is retarded.


RE: Interesting
By Reclaimer77 on 5/31/12, Rating: 0
RE: Interesting
By Spuke on 5/31/2012 3:41:55 PM , Rating: 2
Total hybrid sales are indeed in the minority just like sports cars. The rest of the world, as you say, drives gas and diesel cars. Those make up the vast majority.


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