Amortize This! Toyota Increases Prius Production to 450k
March 28th, 2008 10:36 AM Share
That, my aspiring plug-in friends (2010), is a Hell of a lot of Priora. Nikkei English News [via Bloomberg] reports that Toyota's ramping (amping?) up Prius production at its two Japanese factories to increase overall output by a full 60 percent. ToMoCo's aiming to shift 450k gas – electric hybrids worldwide in '09. No word if and when (not to mention why) Toyota will expand the Prius into its own sub-brand, as rumored on the internets. And the U.S. market for Priora has suddenly gone soft. Although Toyota's sold 181,221 Priora in '07, and the model's up 8.5 percent year-to-date, February sales declined by 10.9 percent. Could we about to see another price cut to move the metal? It sure worked last time.
Published March 28th, 2008 10:27 AM
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Well my old Honda Helix scooter got better mileage than your motorcycle, and my Yamaha Riva XC125 gets anywhere from 80 to 95 mpg depending on how traffic is that day. The best I can muster on the Riva is to put a plastic container with a bungee cord and go off to the market. I can actually store a weeks worth of groceries that way and don't even need to use bags. Still it's such a nuisance to put on the protective gear and helmet, install container with two bungee cords, watch for every little possibility of being maimed during the commute, park it off to the side (usually have to put it over a curb to park one around here), put a lock on it, undo the bungee cords, take out the container, put container in the cart go shopping with a big helmet and in my cart, and then repeat most of the entire process... twice... that I haven't done this in nearly 2 years. However if gas goes to $8 a gallon I'll probably have to make due. For now I also have a 98' Jetta that can be used for the same purpose.