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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 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.

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