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  • A Saab Story for Liberals

    12/18/2009 7:43:03 PM PST · by Josh Painter · 17 replies · 1,091+ views
    Political Lore Blog ^ | December 18th, 2009 | Josh Painter
    With the announcement today by Government Motors (GM) that it's closing the books, the last chapters of which are written in red ink, on the cult-car Saab brand, the delightfully irreverent car blog Jalopnik asks, "What Will Latté-Swilling Liberal Northeasterners Drive Now?" Actually, now that Saab has gone the way of Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Plymouth, one of Jalopnik's readers asked the question, and blogger Matt Hardigree recommended a used Saab, a Volvo Wagon or a Subaru Legacy. Apologies, but that just won't do. That won't do at all. A used Saab is simply out of the question. Used cars are...
  • The Dark Side of the Toyota Prius.

    10/19/2009 8:10:28 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 25 replies · 1,208+ views
    The report alleges that Toyota exploits guest workers, mostly shipped in from China and Vietnam. According to the NLC, these workers are “stripped of their passports and often forced to work — including at subcontract plants supplying Toyota — 16 hours a day, seven days a week, while being paid less than half the legal minimum wage.” Workers are forced to live in company dormitories and deported for complaining about poor treatment, the report finds.
  • Toyota's Prius threatened by probe

    10/08/2009 2:43:31 PM PDT · by TruthBeforeAll · 39 replies · 2,320+ views
    MSN Money ^ | Oct 07 2009 | Kim Peterson
    Could the Prius and other Toyota hybrids be banned from the U.S.? It seems unthinkable, but that's one possible ending to a patent investigation launched this week. This case centers around Paice, a tiny Florida company that has patented a way to apply force to a car's wheels from the electric motor or the internal combustion engine.
  • Waterboard me, but don't make me watch that Prius commercial again...!!!

    09/13/2009 7:02:56 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 50 replies · 2,263+ views
    NBC Sports | Sept 13, 2009 | BC
    Q: Are you tempted to get out the shotgun and blow a large smoking hole in the middle of your flatscreen TV if you are forced to watch that damned Prius commercial one more time?? You know the one I mean....
  • Not So Fast With Those Electric Cars

    07/08/2009 5:07:23 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 27 replies · 1,134+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Alternative Energy: A government report says reliance on electric cars will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may merely shift our dependence on foreign sources from one set of dictators to another..."If you are using coal-fired power plants, and half the country's electricity comes from coal-powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?" asks Mark Gaffigan, co-author of the GAO report. The report itself notes: "Reductions in CO2 emissions depend on generating electricity used to charge the vehicles from lower-emission sources of energy."
  • As hybrid cars gobble rare metals, shortage looms

    08/31/2009 8:58:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies · 2,448+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/09 | Steve Gorman
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of gadgets and consumer goods. That makes Toyota's market-leading gasoline-electric hybrid car and other similar vehicles vulnerable to a supply crunch predicted by experts as China, the world's dominant rare earths producer, limits exports while global demand swells. Worldwide demand for rare earths, covering 15 entries on the periodic table of elements, is expected to exceed supply by some 40,000 tonnes annually in several years unless...
  • Will Electric Cars Crash The Grid?

    08/14/2009 5:51:51 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 151 replies · 3,057+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 14, 2009 | IBD staff
    Conservation: The Chevy Volt is said to be able to get 230 miles per gallon. That's if it's continually plugged into a fragile and overburdened power grid. Where will you be when the lights go out? Since most U.S. electricity generation is not carbon-free, the Congressional Research Service agrees. The "widespread adoption of plug-in hybrid vehicles through 2030 may have only a small effect on, and might actually increase, carbon emissions," it observes. "If you are using coal-fired power plants and half the country's electricity comes from coal powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?"...
  • Electric cars forced to make noise

    07/07/2009 1:44:44 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 28 replies · 750+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | July 7, 2009 | Danielle Demetriou
    The silent hum of hybrid petrol-electric vehicles, which recently became number one best-selling cars in Japan, has been deemed dangerous to pedestrians, in particular the visually impaired. When switched from fuel to battery mode, the vehicles make a barely perceptible noise, prompting campaigners to urge the installation of noise devices to prevent accidents. A new government panel of scholars, consumers, police, vision-impaired groups and automobile industry leaders has been formed in Japan to discuss whether the eco-friendly cars should be installed with compulsory noise-making devices. "We have received opinions from automobile users and vision-impaired people that they feel hybrid vehicles...
  • Prius Stretch Limo Achieves 50mpg and Seats 8

    06/18/2009 2:16:57 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies · 1,468+ views
    He did not use solar cells in his modification, but managed to stretch out his Prius and insert a row of seating to accommodate all his children. The result is a Prius SUV Limo contraption. I sure as hell would rather see this thing rolling around town instead of a gas guzzling juggernaut such as the stretch Hummer! This would probably catch on pretty well for the environmentalist hedonists in Portland. Lobbyists might actually feel good renting these things out to ferry legislators around the state or city. Apparently the car still is able to achieve 50mpg! From the guy...
  • We Don’t Need Obama To Tell Us What Cars We Want

    05/19/2009 4:51:06 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies · 1,415+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Maybe it’s my inner rebellious child, but it bugs me to be told what I want. And if there’s anyone I don’t want telling me that, it’s some do-gooder from the government. So when Carol Browner made the morning show rounds today, claiming that Pres. Obama’s new, higher MPG standards are “giving Americans the cars they want,” it really got under my skin. Oh, and then of course there’s the little thing about what she said being . . . demonstrably false. View video here.
  • You Don't Play Chicken When You Drive A Prius ....

    05/15/2009 8:31:24 AM PDT · by astyanax · 9 replies · 785+ views
    True North ^ | 15 May 2009 | Andy Aplikowski
    You Don't Play Chicken When You Drive A Prius .... .... especially when the other guy has a garbage truck. Here's the response from Rep. Tim Sanders (R 51A) to the Governor's decision to unallot to solve the budget gap left by Democratic leaders in the Legislature. This afternoon, Governor Tim Pawlenty announced there will be no special session and no government shutdown. According to the Governor, the 2009 session will definitely end Monday night at midnight. The governor has decided to take the bills the DFL majority has put on his desk, line-item veto in some places, and sign...

    05/03/2009 3:34:18 AM PDT · by NTHockey · 72 replies · 2,105+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 3,2009 | Dan Neil
    The Energy Department could spend its billions the old-school way. Or it could try the direct approach: 2 million new hybrid drivers per year. A calculator can be the plaything of the damned. Allow me to demonstrate. Of the 12 million barrels of oil we import daily, the 6 million barrels we get from OPEC members are the most geopolitically dubious. That oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is refined into about 83 million gallons, or roughly one-fifth of our daily gas consumption of 390 million gallons, according to the Energy Information Administration.
  • The Flip Side of the Perfect Prius

    04/27/2009 3:05:31 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 50 replies · 2,216+ views ^ | April 21, 2009 | Paul Knight
    Sometimes the cars accelerate on their own. Sometimes they stop dead. Drivers of the hybrid Prius have discovered they can be an unexpected adventure. Bobette Riner publishes an electricity index used to promote renewable energy, and she bought a brand-new Prius last year to shoot the bird at the oil companies. Elizabeth James says her Prius surged out of control near Lawson, Colorado, sending her plunging into a river. "I felt so smug for a while," she says. "Especially being in Houston." She had been lucky to score the car from a dealership on Houston's south side, because for nearly...
  • Urban Mass Transit vs. the Prius…Prius wins

    03/30/2009 6:03:08 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 1 replies · 341+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | March, 30, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    The CATO Institute published a study last year comparing the major modes of urban mass transit. Using government statistics they calculated energy usage and carbon emissions for each mode. The interesting conclusion was that passenger cars and the average of all forms of transit use about the same amount of
  • Al Gore flunks physics at UC Berkeley

    03/19/2009 6:52:29 AM PDT · by slomark · 6 replies · 1,127+ views
    According to the latest issue of Forbes, Professor Richard Muller tools around uber liberal Berkeley in a Toyota Pirus. Nothing out of place here, right? Wrong. “It doesn’t save me money,” he explains. “It doesn’t help slow global warming. I just love the technology.” Muller, named a MacArthur genius in 1982, goes even further. He scoffs at the greens’ favorite energy theories....
  • Jodie Foster busted for hybrid hypocrisy

    03/01/2009 5:49:54 PM PST · by slomark · 28 replies · 1,764+ views
    Jodie Foster was pulled over in Beverly Hills last week for speeding. Police said the movie star’s politically-correct Prius was clocked doing 54 in a 35 mile per hour zone. To make it even better, the whole thing was caught on tape by a crew of “Speeders,” a truTV reality show. According to the New York Post, “Foster refused...
  • Reality check on plug-in cars

    02/25/2009 7:54:03 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 57 replies · 1,733+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | February 22, 2009 | Danny Westneat
    Remember last spring, when Seattle's mayor rolled out the city's first car that could be "filled at the plug instead of the pump?" It's called a plug-in hybrid. They are all the green rage — "possibly the most sought-after technological innovation since Captain Kirk first flipped open his communicator," says The New York Times. You may have seen the city's cars around town, painted with an eye-catching claim on the rear bumper: "This plug-in hybrid gets 100+mpg." Also, a greener boast: "150+City MPG!" Not exactly, it turns out. Not even close. Try 51 miles per gallon, city and highway combined....
  • Can a FReeper buy a hybrid?

    02/24/2009 9:03:46 AM PST · by cartervt2k · 118 replies · 1,510+ views
    I'm in the market for a new car. Hybrids have always intrigued me from a gadget and gas-thrift standpoint, but I'd certainly like to not mistaken for the self-righteous, eco-charlatan liberal who normally drives one. That's right, the same people who pretend to engage the downtrodden driving an uber high-mileage car that only a well-off person could afford. (I suppose a "Protected by Glock" bumper sticker would be enough to dispel any false assumptions.) Of course, the common-sense conservative approach tells me to buy a compact that gets only about 10 fewer MPG's but costs over $10K less...all without the...
  • Sharp fall in hybrid vehicles sales as US tightens belt [“The lower gas prices are, the tougher....]

    01/01/2009 5:00:26 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies · 1,759+ views
    Sharp fall in hybrid vehicles sales as US tightens belt By Bernard Simon in Toronto Published: January 1 2009 23:31 | Last updated: January 1 2009 23:31 Americans’ appetite for hybrid cars is evaporating as tumbling fuel prices and tighter household budgets trump environmental concerns. The sudden reversal in what was, until a few months ago, one of the hottest segments of the world’s biggest car market creates a new area of uncertainty for carmakers, such as Toyota, General Motors, Ford Motor and Honda, that are investing heavily in hybrids and other fuel-efficient technologies. Industry executives, including Alan Mulally, Ford’s...
  • Prius Battery Change is No Big Deal

    01/01/2009 3:59:35 PM PST · by decimon · 93 replies · 2,350+ views
    Toyota Open Road Blog ^ | Dec. 29, 2008 | Jon F. Thompson
    > And you also should know that the battery packs are available from any Toyota dealer. The MSRP for a battery pack for a first-generation Prius is $2,299, while the MSRP for the battery pack for the second-generation cars, those from the 2004-2008 model-years, is $2,588. >
  • Big is back: As pump prices plunge, SUV sales surge (The Prius is out of style?)

    12/30/2008 7:53:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies · 2,261+ views
    Daily Press ^ | 12/30/08 | Adrianne Jeffries
    Big is back: As pump prices plunge, SUV sales surgeBuyers with short memories when it comes to gas prices find hot deals on big vehicles. By Adrianne Jeffries | Special to the Daily Press December 30, 2008 NEWPORT NEWS - It looks like the Highlander is in and the Prius is out — for now at least. Trucks and sport utility vehicles will outsell cars for the first time since February, according to a December report by, which tracks industry statistics. "Despite all the public discussion of fuel efficiency, SUVs and trucks are the industry's biggest sellers right now...
  • Redesigned Toyota Prius gets uncovered early

    10/16/2008 3:00:26 PM PDT · by RayChuang88 · 32 replies · 1,121+ views
    AutoWeek magazine web site ^ | October 16, 2008 | Dale Jewett
    The camouflage on the new Prius has come off a little sooner than Toyota had planned. We've known for quite a while that Toyota was going to bring the new Prius to the Detroit auto show next January. And there's been no shortage of spy shots of well-covered prototypes. But the new Prius has gone naked. The fans at posted pix of what was claimed to be redesigned Prius. And guess what? Toyota PR confirms that the photos are legit, although they won't say anything else about them.
  • Green rep overtaken by drive for US sales as Toyota soups up Prius

    10/10/2008 5:01:04 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies · 472+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/11/2008 | Ben Webster
    The Toyota Prius, the car favoured by celebrities wanting to flaunt a green conscience, is to become bigger and more sporty, with a larger engine, quicker acceleration and a top speed of well above 100mph. The changes – coming at the expense of fuel economy and carbon emissions – will be incorporated in a new version to be introduced at the Detroit motor show in January. The decision risks denting the image of the Prius as one of the greenest cars on the road and will be seized upon by critics, who accuse the car’s owners of being smug and...
  • (Pious Environmentalist Alert): Green With Envy: Prius Owners Smile as Neighbors Fume

    08/25/2008 9:06:41 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 45 replies · 411+ views ^ | August 25, 2008 | Meg Shannon
    Green With Envy: Prius Owners Smile as Neighbors Fume Monday , August 25, 2008 By Meg Shannon Every morning, as Lynn Schmidt walks out of her Long Island, N.Y., home, opens the door to her baby-blue Prius, waves to her grumbling neighbor and pulls out of the driveway, she has every reason to smile. It's not just the 45 miles per gallon her gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle is getting. And it's not only that she can go three weeks without a fill-up. It's also because that through her choice of automobile, Lynn is doing what she considers her share of being...
  • Toyota profits plunge: Drop caused by U.S. challenges

    08/07/2008 12:57:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies · 193+ views ^ | 08/07/2008 | BRENT SNAVELY
    Toyota Motor Corp. said today that its first quarter net income dropped 28.1% to 353.6 billion yen, or $3.2 billion, mainly due to the impact of exchange rates between the yen and the dollar, higher raw material costs and the turbulent U.S. market. While Toyota worked to cut costs and said global vehicle sales increased by 24,000 to 2.19 million vehicles, it wasn't enough to overcome a plunge in sales in the United States and Western Europe. For the three months ending June 30 Toyota's total revenue declined by 4.7% to 6.22 trillion yen or $56.9 billion. "The financial results...
  • Lotus puts the 'vroom' back into silent electric engines due to safety fears

    08/06/2008 7:23:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 72 replies · 75+ views ^ | 08/06/08 | Daily Mail Reporter
    You would think a car that didn't make loud engine sounds and offered a calm and silent ride would be a commercial winner. But supercar firm Lotus is putting the noise back into their electric and hybrid motors because of road safety fears. The company has started a project to synthesise the sound of a traditional engine in otherwise quiet vehicles and have installed speakers in their Toyota Prius. They are concerned that silent cars could pose a threat to pedestrians and cyclists who may not hear them coming. Despite their environmental credentials, electric and hybrid vehicles have come in...
  • Gore's new boat called 'Prius of boats'

    08/05/2008 6:55:58 PM PDT · by melt · 83 replies · 609+ views ^ | 8/5/08 |
    Al Gore has a new boat and even it is green. The boat is docked at Hurricane Marina on Center Hill Lake in Smithville, about 70 miles east of Nashville. While it doesn't have solar panels yet, a spokesperson at Gore's office told News 2 they are scheduled to be installed Wednesday. The boat is named Bio-Solar One and has been called the "Toyota Prius of boats"...
  • Cruze news: [Chevy] Cobalt replacement to get turbo'd 1.4-liter and 40 mpg

    07/14/2008 6:09:19 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 78 replies · 740+ views
    autoblog ^ | Jul 14th 2008 | Jeremy Korzeniewski
    Rising fuel prices, both in the U.S. and abroad, means that automakers can now offer similar engines in vehicles sold throughout the world. According to Automotive News, General Motors' next small car, the Chevrolet Cruze, will be offered with a new 1.4-liter force-fed four-banger, putting out between 120 and 140 horsepower and returning fuel mileage in the 40 mpg range.
  • Toyota to make Prius, not SUV, at new U.S. plant: report

    07/10/2008 4:11:24 AM PDT · by decimon · 45 replies · 114+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 10, 2008 | Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Sophie Hardach
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) will switch gears and produce the Prius hybrid instead of the less fuel-efficient Highlander sport utility vehicle at its planned Mississippi factory, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday. The world's biggest automaker is also likely to suspend production at one of two assembly lines at its Indiana factory, where it builds the Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV, by year-end for at least six months, the paper said. Citing company sources, it said the move was in response to falling demand for those models and would amount to a production cut of 50,000...
  • Toyota Prius to go solar (panel on roof)

    07/07/2008 5:40:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 84 replies · 485+ views ^ | 07/07/2008 | Staff
    Top-end versions of the Toyota Prius hybrid are set to receive rooftop solar panels. News agency Reuters reports that the Japanese giant intends to install solar cells in order to power the air conditioning unit. Silicon prices are currently rising, pushing up the cost of solar panels. At this stage, it is unclear how much the solar-panelled versions would cost. The third generation of Toyota Prius with a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain is due to reach the market in 2009. Over 1 million Prius cars have been sold, with the strong demand for 'green' vehicles accelerating thanks to high oil...
  • Electric car fire not caused by battery

    06/29/2008 6:45:04 AM PDT · by Flavius · 15 replies · 110+ views
    upi ^ | 6/29/08 | upi
    BOULDER, Colo., June 28 (UPI) -- Backers of all-electric cars say they're relieved a fire that destroyed a Toyota Prius prototype this month wasn't caused by the battery. A report from the Boulder, Colo., firm that built the Prius prototype said the blaze was instead caused by loose electrical connections that set fire to the vehicle's upholstery, and not by the sophisticated lithium ion batteries it carried, The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
  • Green life style is the cool lifestyle

    06/05/2008 12:01:21 PM PDT · by Slapshot68 · 47 replies · 721+ views
    " Have you ever thought that you stand a better chance to woo a girl by going green? Well, a recent study conducted by US car maker General Motors has revealed that nearly 88 per cent of women surveyed would chat to a guy who owns a green car than a sports car. Quite an award for going green! "
  • Toyota building $192M green-car battery plant

    05/23/2008 6:35:48 PM PDT · by lainie · 26 replies · 96+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 5-23-2008 | Yuri Kageyama
    TOKYO - Toyota is building a $192 million plant in Japan to produce batteries for gas-electric hybrid vehicles, as it seeks to keep its lead in an intensifying race for green cars among the world's automakers. Toyota's joint venture with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., which makes Panasonic brand products, is building the plant in Shizuoka prefecture, in central Japan, Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco said Friday. He declined to give more details. The plant will produce nickel-metal hydride batteries, now in the company's hit Prius hybrid. The Nikkei, Japan's top business daily, reported Friday that Toyota was building another plant in...
  • BMW 520d beats Prius in gas mileage

    04/03/2008 7:31:32 PM PDT · by paul in cape · 41 replies · 390+ views ^ | Mar 23rd 2008 | Jonathon Ramsey
    Readers of London's Sunday Times kept telling the auto reporters that the official mileage numbers for the Prius were overstated by about 15 imperial mpg. Intrigued, the Times decided to test things out by running a Prius against a BMW 520d with regenerative braking from London to Geneva, a 460-mile trip. Then they added 100 miles of urban running to give the Prius a chance to recover ground on its proper turf. The verdict: the conventional diesel with Efficient Dynamics beat the full hybrid by 2.2 imperial mpg, or 1.8 US mpg. This means that an executive sedan with all...
  • What is a Prius good for? (funny YouTube)

    03/03/2008 11:05:48 PM PST · by doug from upland · 37 replies · 407+ views ^ | 3-3-08
    I think you will enjoy this YouTube about the Toyota Prius. Keep in mind that this is the first generation. WHAT IS A PRIUS GOOD FOR?
  • Prius owner an alleged Eco-Dumper

    01/06/2008 8:30:00 PM PST · by rockbobster · 34 replies · 123+ views ^ | 01-06-2008 |
    San Diego, Calif. - There is much talk regarding how eco friendly that Prius Hybrid cars are and how the owners are all of the environmentally sensitive folks out to save all mankind. On Sunday around 2:20 p.m., a correspondant witnessed one of those "environmentally sensitive" folk dump her Christmas tree on Fiesta Island. Ironically, if she would have taken the time to look up tree collection sites she would have found a designated collection point about 1/8 mile from where she dumped it on Fiesta Island. The charcoal gray Prius was seen leaving the scene shortly thereafter, but not...
  • Toyota Motor Sales USA December sales down_(spoof on Prius joke)

    01/04/2008 7:15:55 PM PST · by Flavius · 11 replies · 53+ views
    automotive-business-review ^ | 1/5/08 | auto buisness
    Toyota Motor Sales USA has reported that it has sold 224,399 vehicles in December, 2007, a decrease of 1.7% from the same period last year. this is why
  • Japanese-built Prius carries energy bill (to White House - Use an American car? No way...)

    12/20/2007 4:25:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies · 121+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/20/07
    Japanese-built Prius carries energy bill18 minutes ago WASHINGTON - When Congress sent an energy bill to President Bush for his signature, it arrived in a Japanese-built Toyota Prius hybrid — a move that rubbed two Michigan Republicans the wrong way. "It is a huge slap in the face, calculated I believe, just to demonstrate their complete disregard for the domestic auto industry," said Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich. To Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., it was a "slap in the face of every American auto worker." They said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., could have provided the same symbolism by sending the...
  • Prius Outdoes Hummer in Environmental Damage

    09/30/2007 9:14:48 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 59 replies · 806+ views
    The Recorder ^ | 3/7/2007 | Chris Demorro
    March 7, 2007 Prius Outdoes Hummer in Environmental Damage By Chris Demorro Staff Writer The Toyota Prius has become the flagship car for those in our society so environmentally conscious that they are willing to spend a premium to show the world how much they care. Unfortunately for them, their ultimate ‘green car’ is the source of some of the worst pollution in North America; it takes more combined energy per Prius to produce than a Hummer. Before we delve into the seedy underworld of hybrids, you must first understand how a hybrid works. For this, we will use the...
  • Can Prius top 100 mph? Ask Wozniak

    08/21/2007 3:26:05 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies · 1,434+ views ^ | 08/21/2007 | Gary Richards
    All right Al Gore III, you're still the tops when it comes to speeding in a Prius - but not by much. Steve Wozniak is right behind you. And when I say speeding, man o' man, do I mean speeding. You probably remember when the son of the former vice president was caught going 105 mph in Southern California last month. Well, a mention of that in a recent Roadshow column led a buddy of Wozniak's to check in, claiming that the co-founder of Apple Computer was ticketed for going 105 mph on Interstate 5 earlier this year. Whoa. Mr....
  • Prius still king as hybrid auto sales rise

    08/02/2007 10:50:31 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 43 replies · 897+ views
    Money ^ | 8/2/2007 | Peter Valdes-Dapena, staff writer
    NEW YORK ( -- The Toyota Prius remained America's most popular gasoline/electric vehicle even as sales of hybrids rose 35 percent in the first quarter of 2007 compared to last year, according to a new report from J.D. Power and Associates. Sales of diesel-powered vehicles, already a larger portion of the market than hybrids, are expected to grow even faster. A total of 187,000 hybrid vehicles were sold in the United States in the first six months of 2007, according to J.D. Power. Sales of hybrid vehicles are expected to decline slightly in the second half of the year but,...
  • Prius Politics

    07/25/2007 4:09:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies · 1,237+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 25, 2007 | Robert J. Samuelson
    My younger son calls the Toyota Prius a "hippie car," and he has a point. Not that Prius drivers are hippies. Toyota says that typical buyers are 54 and have incomes of $99,800; 81 percent are college graduates. But, like hippies, they're making a loud lifestyle statement: We're saving the planet; what are you doing? This helps explain why the Prius so outsells the rival Honda Civic Hybrid. Both have similar base prices, about $22,000, and fuel economy (Prius, 60 miles per gallon city/51 highway; Civic, 49 mpg city/51 highway). But Prius sales in the first half of 2007 totaled...
  • Oh, so pious, Prius drivers

    07/16/2007 2:25:22 AM PDT · by tlb · 144 replies · 3,714+ views
    San Francisco Gate ^ | July 15, 2007 | Vicki Haddock
    "Absolutely, they're buying the car for the statement it makes," Art Spinella, president of CNW Marketing, told reporters. The firm concluded that more customers pick the Prius because the Prius is identifiably a hybrid. While just 36 percent cited fuel economy for buying a Prius, 57 percent said their main reason was that "it makes a statement about me." In focus groups, many Prius buyers admit expecting acclaim from friends and co-workers for making such a socially responsible, planet-saving purchase. But the satisfaction of some eco-drivers risks swelling to self-righteousness -- like the Prius driver with the bumper sticker: "How...
  • Gore's Prius Was Going 105 Miles Per Hour (Experts Wonder If That's Even Possible)

    07/10/2007 12:38:07 PM PDT · by hardback · 78 replies · 1,710+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 7/9/7 | Dan Neil
    As yet another tale of celebrity spawn gone wild, the arrest Wednesday of Albert Gore III -- son of the former vice president -- on suspicion of drug possession was routine except for one, rather mind-blowing detail: Gore was clocked in a blue Toyota Prius hybrid traveling on the southbound Golden State Freeway in Orange County, Calif., in excess of 100 m.p.h. "One hundred and five, actually," said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. "I think it's slightly downhill there." The former vice president Thursday declared his love for his son, said Albert III was receiving treatment and added that...
  • Son is Gore's Al-batross (Semi-barf alert)

    07/08/2007 2:37:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,876+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | July 8, 2007 | Michael Daly
    With Al Gore in the news for battling global warming and Al Gore 3rd in the news for getting toasted, my favorite NYPD detective recalled a story that helps explain how father and son each became a particular kind of loser. The story was told to the detective by a Secret Service agent some years back as they worked security for a dignitary visiting New York. Such details largely consist of just standing there for as long as 12 hours and the talk turned to a day when the Secret Service agent was assigned to then-Vice President Gore. The detective...
  • Al Gore III Arrest (Satire)

    07/05/2007 10:33:22 AM PDT · by Digital Disaster · 9 replies · 1,107+ views
    Scooter's Report ^ | 7-5-07 | Scooter Van Neuter
    Al Gore III Arrested The son of renowned climatologist Al Gore, Al Gore III (Who knew there were 109 Al Gores before these two?), was arrested Wednesday for speeding and drug possession. Police reportedly clocked the younger Gore's Toyota Prius at over 100 MPH (!), incredible but for the fact Gore had replaced the hybrid power plant with a Chrysler Hemi as an act of rebellion against his father. "He can force me to drive this little crap-box, but didn't say I couldn't personalize it," said Gore III. "It's got 420 horse power and gets about 10 miles to...
  • Prius The Magic Car (The Toyota Hybrid's Dirty Secret Has Been Outed Alert)

    06/12/2007 4:45:26 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 80 replies · 5,085+ views
    Rush ^ | 06/12/2007 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Emily in Cary, North Carolina, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you? RUSH: Fine. Thank you. CALLER: Great. It's great to talk to you. I'm just calling because I finally have a reason to buy a hybrid. I've been waiting because I've been debating about it because I'm tired of the oil-rich countries, you know, becoming rich on the backs of Americans, so I've been wanting to buy something that, you know, would use less oil so we would in turn give more oil to, you know, Chavez or wherever, but now I have...
  • Prius Outdoes Hummer in Environmental Damage

    06/11/2007 7:45:55 PM PDT · by Valin · 24 replies · 1,580+ views
    Townhall ^ | 6/11/07 | Matt Lewis
    Interesting news coming out of the Central Connecticut State University paper: The Toyota Prius has become the flagship car for those in our society so environmentally conscious that they are willing to spend a premium to show the world how much they care. Unfortunately for them, their ultimate ‘green car’ is the source of some of the worst pollution in North America; it takes more combined energy per Prius to produce than a Hummer. ... When you pool together all the combined energy it takes to drive and build a Toyota Prius, the flagship car of energy fanatics, it takes...
  • Former CIA chief James Woolsey says if you want to beat Bin Laden, buy a Prius

    05/04/2007 8:13:17 PM PDT · by LFOD777 · 102 replies · 1,433+ views
    Motor Trend ^ | 07-05-2007 | Ben Oliver
    Robert James Woolsey Jr.-Jim to his friends-isn't your typical Prius driver. Educated at Stanford, Oxford, and Yale, he was facing down the Russians in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks of the late 1960s before he was out of his 20s. He's held a series of senior government posts; the walls of his office bear signed photographs and messages of thanks from every president since Nixon. In 1993, Bill Clinton made him director of Central Intelligence, giving him control of the CIA's $30-billion annual budget and its network of tens of thousands of agents and a brief to run covert operations...
  • Is a Hummer cleaner than a Prius?

    05/04/2007 9:37:45 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 65 replies · 1,636+ views
    Galway First ^ | Monday, 30 April 2007 | JOE TONER
    Is a Hummer cleaner than a Prius? Monday, 30 April 2007 BY JOE TONER You’ve often heard it, be you an ordinary “joe-soap” king, queen or pope; we are all only dust and it’s to dust we’ll go. A recent report, in the USA, came up with a hypothesis on the great hybrid versus petrol car debate on a dust to dust premise. Before you go any further I must remind you of how great they are at producing report after report. I sometimes wonder if anyone, least of all themselves, listens. Sure, aren’t they great ones for rubbishing what...