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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 martin5000 on 5/31/2012 5:22:48 AM , Rating: 2
Europeans drive relatively small cars because they LIKE them, some don't even have very good fuel economy!

Just because Americans generally like big cars, don't make the mistake of thinking Europeans do as well.

Even if gas was free and we had cities that weren't designed 800 years ago, most/many would still want small cars.

Anyway, Landrovers etc. are quite popular in UK at least.


RE: Interesting
By Dr of crap on 5/31/2012 8:30:24 AM , Rating: 1
So that fact that there are streets that are only 4 feet wide has nothing to do with the small cars. And the population density has nothing to do with it either?
You just "want" a small car, and don't ever carry 4-5 people in your cars to need something bigger?

I not an SUV driver.
One of my cars is a Focus.
Your post just doesn't make sense.
You like Smart sized cars - really!??


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