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Toyota Lowers Prius Sales Target Thanks to Cheap Gas


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#1 OFFLINE   GrySql

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Posted 13 December 2015 - 09:53 PM

FTA:

Toyota may have an all-new Prius, but it’s being realistic with its sales potential.

With gas prices dropping worldwide, Toyota has lowered its sales target for the new Prius to global annual sales of 300,000 to 350,000 units. That’s the lower end of the spectrum compared to the 300,000 to 400,000 sales target for the previous model. One of the factors for the reduced sales target is an overall decline of annual sales for the hybrid since 2013. According to the Japanese automaker’s monthly sales records, U.S. sales of Prius models have dropped 12 percent in the year to November compared to the same period last year.

 

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www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2015/12/toyota-lowers-prius-sales-target-thanks-to-cheap-gas.html


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#2 OFFLINE   hybridbear

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 04:31 PM

It's also hideously ugly!!


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#3 OFFLINE   GrySql

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 05:35 PM

It's also hideously ugly!!

They admit that it is a dual purpose design, to stand apart from other cars and to have a low coefficient of drag. 


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 04:32 PM

It's also hideously ugly!!

 

The Prius is frequently associated with taxicabs where I live, and I bet the 2016+ model will really reinforce the taxicab image because it is ugly.


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 10:30 PM

Here is a spy shot of the new Timber version, very organic... ;)

 

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#6 OFFLINE   Texasota

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Posted 31 December 2015 - 09:32 PM

Here is a spy shot of the new Timber version, very organic... ;)

This makes repairs of parking lot dings much easier. Al you would need is a belt sander. In addition, he has beefed up the child safety locks on those rear doors. Some (not me) might say this modification improves the look of that particular model.


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#7 OFFLINE   ElectricFan69

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 10:45 AM

RE the Prius with the 'morning wood' repair job - in some ways I admire the guy's craftsmanship and 'use what you have' repair paradigm.  The amount of work it took to fabricate and fit the structure is indicative of someone with lots more time than money.  A back bumper skin, crash structure, etc. from a wrecking yard would have been relatively cheap - but using scrap lumber from other projects would have been 'free', and an interesting project.  Sad part is the fact that the car likely gained a couple of hundred pounds of weight and scary crash performance - note how sharp the strakes going over the rear doors are?

 

As to the original story - that seems to be a case of collective amnesia about fuel const spikes.  Looks like OPEC is playing the classic 'kill the competition' game of monopoly - drop the product price to drive the competitors out of business, buy them up at low cost, and jack the prices and make the money back - and then some. This game has been played several times in the last 40 years - and folks that forgot the lessons act shocked when it happens again. 






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