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Father of the Prius recalls the early program and its challenges

Takeshi Uchiyamada is an important figure at Toyota. Not only is he the chairman of the automaker, but he is also considered to be the father of the Prius. The Toyota Prius has been the most popular hybrid in the world since its introduction over a decade ago.
 
Uchiyamada recently indicated that there is nowhere to go but up for hybrid production/sales. "I foresee hybrid models pretty soon reaching 20 percent of global sales from about 13 percent to 14 percent now," said Uchiyamada.
 
Hybrid vehicles remain a niche market as improving fuel economy for traditional vehicles has improved significantly making the value of a hybrid less defined.


Toyota FT-Bh concept
 
Sales of hybrid vehicles rose 40% in Europe last year reaching 214,237 units (that is still less than the number of Toyota Prii sold in the United States last year). That tally gives hybrid vehicles under 2% of the overall European auto market. To boost that market share, many automakers are working to reduce the price of the battery packs and other hybrid components.
 
Toyota is preparing to launch its next generation Prius within the next year. The company is hoping for at least an 8% fuel efficiency gain compared to the current generation vehicle.

Source: Autonews



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RE: Weird Toyota!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/2014 4:45:23 PM , Rating: 2
Why don't YOU come to your senses? Pretty sure if Toyota thought diesel was the way to go, they would use it.

But yeah you're right, they should switch to a more expensive engine design that uses a more expensive fuel, for probably NO significant benefit to the buyer.

Oh and let's not forget how "clean" diesel is. Nothing says "Green" like a car that bellows out nitrogen oxide and sulfur in large amounts compared to regular gas.


RE: Weird Toyota!
By Bad-Karma on 3/13/2014 9:04:06 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but you know the best part about that smoke?

I'm a pretty considerate driver and will go out of my way to accommodate others. But if you're a jerk to me then I'll be one back. So when I have some little clown car following me so close that I can't find them in any of my mirrors, I'll tap the brakes to give em a warning. Often times all I can make out is a bare sliver of the roof of their car over my tailgate (and the truck isn't raised). If they don't back off then the next step will make you pay for being too close.

I've got a butterfly valve (switch in the cab) on my crank case ventilation port. Once opened it allows the vacuum from the turbos to pull in the oil mist from the crank case.

When I'm in my F550 and get a tailgater (and it is usually the hyper-milers and or hybrids) I flip that switch, turn on the propane, and dump the throttle. They get a nice big black soot stripe right down the top of their vehicle. And it is a thick oily soot too, Washers and wipers only smear it. You've got to do a full up wash to get that stuff of.

They seldom get that close twice....


RE: Weird Toyota!
By PaFromFL on 3/14/2014 9:53:32 AM , Rating: 2
I hope you're joking. If you try that in FL, you'll probably wind up on the wrong end of a tire iron or .357 Smith & Wesson.


RE: Weird Toyota!
By Bad-Karma on 3/14/2014 10:52:15 AM , Rating: 2
I am a Florida resident, and it is a Florida licensed vehicle. Though I am currently stationed in Ohio. Though I tend to travel quite a bit.

Like I said, I'm one of the more considerate drivers out there, and I'll give you a fair warning, sometimes even a second.

But I'd like to see someone try your situation, my sidearm is always at my side. However, most people tend to think twice when they are confronted by a .45 Sig (P220) held by a Federal officer.

So the question becomes: Does this upset you because you are one of the described tailgaters? Or are you just blowing smoke yourself?


RE: Weird Toyota!
By PaFromFL on 3/14/2014 4:38:00 PM , Rating: 2
That you are a federal officer explains your contempt for "lesser" citizens. My comments are based on road rage reports in the local news. There is enough tension in modern life already, and it is stupid to purposely add to it.


RE: Weird Toyota!
By Bad-Karma on 3/14/2014 5:22:42 PM , Rating: 2
Contempt for lesser citizens? I think you need to step back a bit, you don't know me. But for you to think that the job I perform to help pursue the peace gives me an aura of contempt, then that is wellspring of ignorance on your part.

Tailgating is invariably dangerous and is illegal in every state. So you think that by giving a warning and then teaching them a bit about the hazards they are undertaking is "adding Stress". Go ahead and live in fear of your fellow man. I choose not to.

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force . If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force.

People who tend to road rage forget that their use of aggressive force can have dire consequences for themselves. Perhaps we as a species tend to forget that the Darwinian process isn't as far removed as we make like to think.


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