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Old 27th May 2009, 10:34   #31
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As F450 said the biggest problem Toyota will have in India is pricing. sure they can go the Honda way and launch a hybrid to show their commitment to the environment, but as Honda learnt, the hard way, in a price sensitive market there are very few buyers willing to spend the extra buck to wear the green tag.

Even in the US the prius was always and 'IT' car, and hence it sold. If it's a CBU it'll be priced in Camry territory, and now who would buy it even if it were more economical to run? Buying a Jazz for 9L and then having 15-17L for fuel makes more sense now doesn't it...

PS: There are 2 priuses in Delhi running blue CD 77 plates. Brought in by someone at the American Embassy. One car can be seen often going from Shanti Niketan to chanakyapuri. The other belongs to a gentleman staying at ACSA, so that car is difficult to spot.

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Some Interesting facts about the Prius by our very own Jeremy Clarkson.
Man, He has some way to blast off tall claims.
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Old 27th May 2009, 11:31   #33
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Man that TG clip was very informative! Great!
How come that happen? i cant belive!
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Yeah! I too was surprised with the end results.
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Old 27th May 2009, 11:49   #35
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1 Gallon is nearly 3 litres right??
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Old 27th May 2009, 11:59   #36
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3.78L to be exact
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1 gal(US Liq) = 3.78541 L
Well that makes almost 4 litres
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Old 27th May 2009, 12:12   #38
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AFAIK. The electric power is generated in traffic stop and go.
When you take this on a clean road spin, then the electric power is not getting generated and stored.

So what am I missing in this video.
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17.2 miles = 17.2 * 1.609 = 27.68

mileage = 27.68/3.785 = 7.31 kmpl. which is poor by any standards. Am I really missing something here?
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17.2 miles = 17.2 * 1.609 = 27.68

mileage = 27.68/3.785 = 7.31 kmpl. which is poor by any standards. Am I really missing something here?
I think, what Jeremy means is that, Prius should not go gaga over its fuel consumption, coz a higher end sports car can churn a better mileage without touring the world for car parts.
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17.2 miles = 17.2 * 1.609 = 27.68

mileage = 27.68/3.785 = 7.31 kmpl. which is poor by any standards. Am I really missing something here?
It's being driven very hard i.e. revv'ed to the limit. Driving hard can do that.

If anyone saw the Spanish F1 GP few weeks ago, Massa had 1 lap less fuel than required to finish the race. He either had to make another pit-stop for fuel or reduce speed. He slowed down by about 10-11 secs a lap and he got that extra lap from the same amount of fuel.

That's the difference between driving aggressively and moderately.
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A point that Clarkson conveniently did not stress was that at higher speeds, the M3 is more fuel efficient, but at regular speeds, the Prius will beat it hands down. The Prius' engine is not built for fast driving, so when it's pushed hard, the engine takes a lot of strain and thus consumes more fuel.

If you watch the video again, you'll notice Clarkson say in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sort of way that "...at that speed". Those are the key words there.

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Ok, everybody, we are all going way OT over the video. Back to the topic. Anymore sightings?
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Check this article for some more info on the new Prius.
Buy New Cars, Used Cars, Auto News and Reviews India - Zigwheels.com
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Old 27th May 2009, 14:53   #45
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Gov should make hybird car duty free or have lower duties. This will help the environment and also consumers can import nice cars (Lexus hybird/Escalade).

Has anyone heard of Hummer Hybird claims to do 100 MPG

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