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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 Reclaimer77 on 5/31/2012 9:17:37 AM , Rating: 2
Using the Prius C is cherry picking of the worst kind. It's a stripped down crapbucket and everyone knows it. Crap interior, cheap fit and finish, no extras. And maybe the worst ride quality in it's class.

Do you see any other sub $20k hybrid out there? Using the Prius C to try and prove hybrids aren't generally more expensive is just dishonest. Where is your ethics?

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I could also go grab a certified used model for as low as $14,000


Well if it's a race to the bottom you want, I can go buy a new Suzuki SX4 sedan for $13,500!


RE: Interesting
By InTheNameOfMyself on 6/2/2012 4:44:00 AM , Rating: 2
Which is better than...?

SX4, now that is a peice of junk !


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