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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).

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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. 

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Source: The Globe and Mail

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RE: Interesting
By Reclaimer77 on 5/31/2012 10:45:19 AM , Rating: 2
I had a 1999 4X4 Tacoma some years back. With the 4 banger and a 5 speed. It was definitely NOT "sluggish", and had plenty of power for everything except towing. It was a really nice little truck actually. With a great ride considering the high height.

Find it pretty ironic you drive a 10,000 pound truck around and call the Tacoma "sluggish". Pretty sure my Tacoma would have driven rings around that beast of yours.

RE: Interesting
By Spuke on 5/31/2012 12:47:05 PM , Rating: 2
Find it pretty ironic you drive a 10,000 pound truck around and call the Tacoma "sluggish". Pretty sure my Tacoma would have driven rings around that beast of yours.
I have an 06 F250 diesel and it's definitely NOT the fastest thing in the world and most certainly a 4 cyl Tacoma could wax it. The torque fools a lot of people into thinking they're fast but they really aren't. I believe C&D's testing yields 0-60 in 9-10 sec range. Nothing fast about that. I have no idea why some people even consider acceleration prowess (there are some that do) when purchasing these types of vehicles. That was not a consideration AT ALL when we bought ours. Buy a Mustang or 370Z for speed. Leave the trucks for towing and hauling.

RE: Interesting
By Bad-Karma on 5/31/2012 1:15:56 PM , Rating: 1
Leave the trucks for towing and hauling.

I'm 6'5" @230lbs. Most sports cars just will not accommodate my frame, at least not comfortably.

But I am comfortable in my F350 CwC LB DRW. So I have made them my daily driver since I first got into them back in the early 90's. But I am also a tinkerer so I always enjoy adding or modifying this part or that in an effort to get a bit more umph out of something.

With the mods my trucks can not only tow but also are good for challenging the average rice burner or mustang at the stop light. I don't always beat them, but seeing them scanning their dash gauges looking for a malfunction is priceless as I stay up beside them.

RE: Interesting
By Bad-Karma on 5/31/2012 12:58:10 PM , Rating: 1
I need to put in a correction on that last post: my 7.3 is in an 03' F550, not F350. I also had an 03 F350 up until a year ago when I traded it in for a 2011 6.7 F350.

When I first bought the F-550 I was pulling a 36' fifth wheel camper through the Rockies and couldn't stand the poor performance on the higher grades. We were stuck traveling at 15-20Mph with the heavier 18 wheelers. So we started modifying it for better torque and HP. /4-pos flip performance chip /A2E Turbos/ massive intercooler/3 stage injectors/ Portion controlled Propane injection/high pressure oil pumps/custom designed high HP trans/Water & methanol injectors.....On and on....I last had it heavy wheeled dyno'd back in Tucson in 05' and we posted 617HP @2600RPM and 1203 lb-ft @ 1700RPM.

We have a video of it doing 13.9 on the 1/4 at the Las Vegas speedway. My old F-350 was also similarly configured. How's your Tacoma on the 1/4?

I grew up in the 60's& 70"'s so I'm more into the old muscle car power and performance style and feel of driving. That seat of the pants thrill helped push me into my career with the USAF and jet aircraft. Being pushed back into the seat ups my "grin" meter. I just like the g force loading no matter which direction it comes from.

I have test driven a 6 cylinder (3.4 liter I think) Tacoma but it still felt "sluggish" to me. Just not enough power to weight ratio for my taste. Maybe a better geared axle would have made some difference. Although then you would be sacrificing any economy advantage.

I'm not trying to argue with you, I just think our standards of performance are a bit different.

RE: Interesting
By Reclaimer77 on 5/31/2012 7:23:57 PM , Rating: 1
So wait, after putting thousands into your truck in mods and boosting the horsepower, you're going to talk crap about my old stock Tacoma in the 1/4 mile? It's a light truck! Of course I didn't buy it for "performance".

I'm not trying to argue with you, I just think our standards of performance are a bit different.

My daily driver is an Impreza. I also race Autocross. I think my standards of performance are just fine, and the cars I drive will definitely push you back into your seat.

Trucks aren't sports cars no matter how much money you put in them. I don't doubt your truck, after being modded to 600+HP would smoke my old Tacoma in a straight line. But it's still a truck, and that doesn't mean the Tacoma was "sluggish".

I just like the g force loading no matter which direction it comes from.

Me too. Which is why I take winding onramps/offramps at 70mhp with a big sh#t eating grin on my face :)

RE: Interesting
By Samus on 5/31/2012 7:32:27 PM , Rating: 2
Torque generated by diesel engines does put stress on the frame, especially in rear-wheel drive vehicles where the rear-end has a counter-torque damper bolted to the frame. Differentials and transmissions need to be beefed up for diesel torque, but most of the time manual transmissions just need a heavy duty clutch. The Golf TDI traditional 5-speed uses the same transmission, dual mass flywheel and clutch with the Golf. The GTI has a 6-speed now I think, obviously a different transmission. But looking at Rock auto, a 2008 Golf and Golf TDI use the same transmission parts, probably because in VW's case, the trans was designed beefy from the get-go.

And if you want a fast truck, a F150 Lightening or Harley Davidson Edition will satisfy; both are supercharged. The Silverado SS isn't bad either for decent fun in a truck.

Some of the Dodge guys seem to think their 5.7l "Hemi" are all that, but they are slower than the competition, get stupidly poor fuel economy and are not reliable. I have yet to hear from someone who has made it 60k on the transmission without a rebuild and whenever I see one on the road they blue smoke like crazy out the tail. I don't know why the hell we bailed Chrysler out.

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