Source: Kia Motors
quote: The Soul has a drag coefficient of ~0.38. Slapping on a grill block, underbody panelling and aerodynamic wheel covers may have gotten them down to ~0.35, which is still subpar. I guess they're pigeonholing it as a city car.
quote: People care about saving money and electricity is a lot cheaper than gas.
quote: Most people don't buy a vehicle simply for point A to B.
quote: As for hybrids, the Prius is in the top 20 for sales in the U.S. with 234,000 units sold in 2013.
quote: It's roomy enough to make kids in the back seat and roomy enough to put the kids you made in that same back seat. Good enough for me.
quote: A few more dollars? Have you seen the price of gas? I'm guessing someone commuting in a low mileage vehicle could easily spend $80 a week.
quote: $80 a week? Maybe if you're driving a 1 ton to work everyday. The actual cost difference isn't that great between a not so good mpg car and a moderately good mpg car. Most people driving Camry's/Accord's are not going to change to a Prius because the Camry gets good enough fuel economy. Most people I know that own Prius' were going from a low 20 mpg car or truck and really wanted that 50 mpg (most of them have higher than average commutes) car.
quote: and as they say, as goes California, so goes the nation.
quote: ...and that's the scariest thing I've read in years.
quote: Prius is the top selling car in CA solely because you can drive solo in the car pool lane.
quote: Also, look at actual sales of cars, 4.7% were hybrids last year. That's not encroaching on anything.
quote: A significant portion of total sales are trucks (where hybridization has little advantage)
quote: The current Soul models go from 0 to 60 in between 10 and 12 seconds, and have power outputs of between 124 and 138bhp depending on engine and gearbox.