Quick Note: Toyota Prius Family Now Third Best-Selling Vehicle Line in the World
May 30, 2012 3:10 PM
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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
was introduced late last year, while the smaller
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
, 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).
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First place goes to Prius' cheaper, older brother: the Toyota Corolla (300,800 units). In second place sits the
(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.
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5/31/2012 8:54:55 AM
My Chevy Cruze Eco 6M is only rated at 29 in the city but with the right driving techniques, 40-50+ mpg is achieved. My daily commute is roughly 50 miles round trip and my lifetime average is 42 mpg. My last commute fillup was 45.6 mpg. A trip to Florida and back lowered my average since I get lower mileage on the highway at 75 mph than I do commuting.
And no my car, when driving, isn't in traffic. I plan my day specifically to avoid traffic.
Most people buy cars to meet their needs. Someone who hunts isn't going to buy a Prius. Someone with a family of 5 isn't going to buy a Prius. Much less a Camry or any other sedan. Three small kids in the back of a sedan on a trip of any real distance ends with extremely irritated parents.
"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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