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Toyota Prius Escapes Niche to Surge Into Global Top Three

Bloomberg -- Prius, a niche oddity when it went on sale 15 years ago, jumped to the world’s third best-selling car line in the first quarter as U.S. demand and incentives in Japan turned the hybrid into a mainstream hit.

Prius sales more than doubled as Toyota extended the name to a four-model “family” of vehicles at the same time that rebates and tax breaks in Japan are saving buyers the equivalent of $2,500 or more. In the quarter, sales soared to 247,230, trailing only Toyota’s Corolla, at 300,800, and Ford Motor Co. (F)’s 277,000 Focus sales.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: May 31, 2012 4:51:34 AM

2g: how do you figure? Toyota is a Japanese-based company.
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sparky808
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Thank you for posting.
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Message Posted: May 30, 2012 8:16:23 AM

Tax dollars buying votes for Obama
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tomok
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Message Posted: May 30, 2012 2:23:27 AM

Toyota Prius? Oddity? 15 Years? Global Top Three?
I will drive my current vehicle into the ground before buying anything new, used, EV, Inbred, diesel, hydrogen, alternative fuel, CNG, concept or anything else. I will drive my current vehicle into the ground before buying anything new, used, EV, Inbred, diesel, hydrogen, alternative fuel, CNG, concept or anything else.
My current vehicle was paid for many years ago and works just fine! Why have another car payment in 'coming out of the closet' Barry's very lousy economy.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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themaninthehat
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 11:42:25 PM

Progress
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TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 11:25:03 PM

just come out with a Hybrid passenger minivan!
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toytech3
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 11:12:50 PM

Probably the best hybrid out there
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dancygreen
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 11:12:43 PM

ok
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bvrbill
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 11:12:26 PM

I'd be interested to know how many current Prius owners will buy another one.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 11:12:17 PM

wow
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Buddy2264
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 11:09:23 PM

It may seem the way to go for now, until the plug in comes along.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 11:09:05 PM

watch out for those loose brakes and floormats...
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nomad228
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 11:06:57 PM

they can give me one then i can sell it for a chevy truck. : )
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PrinceLH
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 11:04:05 PM

More Greenspeak!
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gus8441
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 11:03:40 PM

i am considering one
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1tallford
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 11:03:15 PM

My opinion, the Prius is not that cost effective. Think its more of a cult following.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:59:46 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:58:33 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:55:05 PM

It also took 15 years.
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livedream
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:50:56 PM

Not so much of an oddity anymore -- Sales will continue increase in this market....

From the article:

"It proves Prius wasn’t a fluke, that there’s a long-term market for hybrids,” said Eric Noble, president of the Car Lab, an automotive consultancy in Orange, California."

This seems to be the case, so far...Time will tell.
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DrLyon
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:48:38 PM

Okay, so....
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USAv8tor
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:48:26 PM

No, thank you. I'm not interested in a Prius, ever.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:45:38 PM

great i guess
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:43:36 PM

intersting
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:42:28 PM

Alright!!!
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:40:52 PM

The Ford Focus is outselling the Prius even though it is not a "four-model family of vehicles".
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:40:29 PM

If they gave tax breaks and rebates for a Fiat, it would be the best selling foreign car in America.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:40:28 PM

Maybe it would sell better if it wasn't a space ship...
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:40:19 PM

TOYOTA PRIUS = YUPPIE ENVIRO CAR NUT
VOTE TO CLEAN OUT WASHINGTON IN 2012!
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:37:52 PM

I thought it would be first not third
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:36:52 PM

Surprising
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:36:15 PM

I own a car outright that averages 36 mpg. I doubt I would live long enough to hit break even if I were to abandon it and buy a Prius.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:35:06 PM

N/A
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:27:58 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:24:26 PM

AKmailman said, "it's the gen x car. real people drive real cars."

You guys actually have roads to drive on in Alaska? I thought everyone got around on seaplanes.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:23:49 PM

wow wide range of posts on a simple Article just stating info
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So tell me, KMJ17, where does the money that supports the Republican Party come from?

Bake sales?
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Bigoilscamsus get real, can you really think such an idea has any credibility?
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:21:47 PM

good for them
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:20:31 PM

letterchunker said, "Money still goes to japan, buy totally American."

That totally American car probably gets 10mpg less than the Japanese one. Remember that 50% of the oil we use is imported, so even if you're buying American, you're not DRIVING American.

If the Big Three can build a car that gets both 50mpg in the city and on the highway, then we can talk.
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abcdMA
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:19:22 PM

still a niche car
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:15:52 PM

RBob said, "TDI vs. Prius I will take the diesel any day."

The Prius runs on 87 octane which is 75 cents/gal cheaper than diesel and gets better mileage in the city than a TDI for the same price premium as a diesel.

Thanks, but I'll keep my Prius.

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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:12:22 PM

The GMC pick-up still hasn't been perfected, pickledude72. They can always do better.

Until then, stick with a horse and cart for hauling loads.

The moral of the story is, "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:11:05 PM

Ok
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Here's an idea, bigoilscamsus. Get everyone to light their cars on fire on June 1st, to protest high gas prices. That way, the protesters can't drive to the gas station on June 2nd, and fill up their tanks.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:07:25 PM

So what do you consider a foreign automaker, CPGas1815? GM and Ford cars sold here are assembled in Canada and Mexico. European, Japanese, and Korean carmakers have factories all over the U.S.

Buy the best built and best valued car for your money.
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Protest high gas prices and price fixing! -- any gas priced above $2.50 per gallon -- Picket the 15 highest priced gas stations in your area!! Join the protest at the WALK ON WASHINGTON and at all the other State Capitals on Friday June 1st 2012!! Bring your protest signs and let Big Oil know what you think of the obscene profits that Big Oil extorts from the American consumer!! The protest runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm ! Together we can make a difference!! See you in the protest line!!
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Give me a Ford any day...my money stays in the USA!
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:05:21 PM

ok
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:04:37 PM

Gotta disagree, WillyG. GM is not making any profit off of the Volt. It's more of a technology showpiece to give Chevy some green credibility. It's main competitor is the Prius Plug-In which is priced less than the Volt but at almost $40k, is still pretty expensive and it has a much shorter EV-only rage than the Volt.
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