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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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Submitted May 29, 2012 By: NO_SWEAT
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rickone
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:25:33 PM

Interesting - Thanks for posting.
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DustyHorse
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:23:35 PM

I'm sure the high gas prices have contributed substantially.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:22:22 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:20:42 PM

buy north american
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:20:36 PM

Don't buy new cars, keep your old one & save money
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:19:52 PM

BUY AMERICAN!!!
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:19:43 PM

Yes ok.
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menagerie1013
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:12:21 PM

Good for them, I still think they are overpriced.
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nimpy
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:11:56 PM

Still it belongs in Japan
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:11:00 PM

Seems to be a surefire hit....
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:10:47 PM

Alrighty then.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:10:04 PM

Whatever
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:09:59 PM

Nice trend, keep it up
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:08:46 PM

Who cares?
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:08:37 PM

GM get your head out of your butt and get the small diesel going do it right this time no half way
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:08:00 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 8:06:30 PM

A curious thought... What if VW started making a "new beetle hybrid diesel"? Would that be a car people purchase to impress people or what.

Buy American made! Buy a Honda.

[Edited by: sillywagon at 5/29/2012 9:08:06 PM EST]
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Buy American ....
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:56:49 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:54:13 PM

THey are used as cabs here too!
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:52:10 PM

okay great!
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:46:37 PM

good for them
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:46:20 PM

pass on the cars made in japan
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:39:05 PM

Pretty good in 15 years!
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:37:33 PM

k
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:35:18 PM

Big 3 please
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:29:00 PM

15 years is a long, long time to get this far. Most companies without deep pockets would have been in bankruptcy years ago.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:28:26 PM

ok >>
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:25:49 PM

wait till VW and Ford get to sell there high MPG vechiles in North America..

VW Blue Motion diesel 78mpg highway and Fords gas at 60mpg
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:25:35 PM

I'll pass on a hybrid....
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:22:43 PM

Good news
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:21:21 PM

More hype than results. And definitely a longer than reasonable payback for the up charge.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:18:52 PM

Would never consider wasting money on it.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:17:14 PM

The Toyota Pius is a hippy car.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:16:25 PM

I'm not going to buy one.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:14:54 PM

I've never owned any of these cars.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:13:49 PM

To all the people who say "the Prius is ugly":
I thought the knock on hybrid technology was it was more expensive.

If you want good looking, get an Infinity hybrid or a Tesla.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:11:10 PM

If you commute more than 40miles to work, with mostly highway driving, you would be better off with the Honda civic hybrid.

The Prius is designed to get better MPG in stop and go traffic.
It has an electric engine, with a gas assist.

The Honda is designed to get better MPG on longer, flatter drives.
It has an gas engine, with an electric assist.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:08:18 PM

great for the prius
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:08:01 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:04:50 PM

Its still the ugliest POS on the road.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:00:59 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 7:00:03 PM

does the battery comes with a lifetime warranty
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 6:58:14 PM

Until a hybrid will charge it self with out using any gas or plugging it in, than its Not worth all the money it cost.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 6:57:44 PM

Own a Prius V and loving it. Great on fuel, very good performance and handling. Ride is typical of most small cars. It also seems prone to wind sheer at times. Over all I believe it to be worth the bucks.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 6:57:00 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 6:53:14 PM

Nah, not for me....
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 6:52:29 PM

What a fake. Has to have subsidies to survive.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 6:49:51 PM

No hybrid for me. Far to expensive to purchase and maintain over the long haul. Environmental disaster just waiting.
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 6:49:12 PM

Yippie, a motorized roller skate!
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 6:48:50 PM

OK
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Give it some style and it will really sell.
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