Autoblog Disses ToMoCo for Suggesting Driving Less
As Autoblog (AB) didn't see fit to pick-up the gauntlet thrown down by TTAC on the Top Gear drink driving story, we'll blog one of theirs. And hey, wouldn't you know it? AB finally finds their inner snark and wastes it on an entirely sensible post on Toyota's Open Road blog. ToMoCo offers the above advise, including get on your bike (mate) and skip the drive-thru (unless you have a Toyota hybrid, of course). To which AB scribe Chris Shunk replies: "Automakers understand that the buying public is struggling with high gas prices, and the entire industry is working on new technologies to ease our financial burden. Unfortunately, new fuel efficient products are going to take a while to develop on a large scale, so for now we're just going to have to grin and bear it. That is unless you want to follow the wisdom of Toyota, which has dug deep into its core of corporate genius to give the car-driving public this little tidbit of advice: drive less. Wow, the solution was right under our noses the whole time, and we just didn't figure it out." Silly you.
"And as for the statement itself, if people drive less, they put less wear and tear on their vehicles, which reduces the frequency of replacement. Doesn’t seem like a smart move." Those smart guys over at Tyota got it figured out!! They'll make them wear out faster!! Find me a Prius wth 150,000!
Toyota will make money making 100K cars or 80K cars b/c they are flexible enough. Meanwhile they get the good press. We don't have to wait a few years for more efficient cars to get here. They are here but alot of folks don't want to be seen driving a Prius. Yes, we will have to wait a while before GM gets us some really efficent vehicles. I mean they've got them in other markets (still not the best in those markets either I hear) but we'll have to wait for another big SUV hybrid I guess.
Autoblog takes every opportunity to drag ToMoCo (and the rest of the Japanese, but ToMoCo in particular) through the mud. Par for the course.