June 22, 2009, 8:38 pm

I'd have to say that one of the biggest obstacles to greater uptake of these sorts of car, has to be kerb appeal (or lack of). The old Prius was not a looker, and this new one doesn't do much to improve that. Hondas are the same with the new Insight looking like an accident in the Halfords parts bin. Make one of these cars drop dead gorgeous (Tesla can do it) and ask a sensible amount of money and I'm sure it would improve sales.


June 22, 2009, 8:41 pm

How much CO2 does manufacting a Prius produce?


June 22, 2009, 9:20 pm

@Williamn - I'd be more worryed about what to do with the batteries at the end of its life...

Geoff Richards

June 23, 2009, 4:33 am

@needlegun - the similarity in overall shape between Prius Mk1, Prius MkII and new Honda Insight is because it is the optimal profile aerodynamically; here's a Merc "inspired" by a fish:

I don't disagree with your point, but bear in mind that Honda & Toyota aren't exactly short on sales of these cars (save for the recent drop Stateside due to oil prices falling).

@Williamn - is it really much more than manufacturing any other car? I imagine the point is that people will always be buying new cars, so why not choose one that has low tailpipe emissions?

Jon Williamson

June 23, 2009, 12:26 pm

The carbon cost of manufacture/ disposal is exagerated by people who don't like the hybrid concept. Much of the car is made from recycled/ recyclable materials. In addition the fuel miles to get the car here from Japan are because it is made there ... it has to be made somewhere, and once demand for hybrids increases more will be built in Europe/ the UK.

I will admit my bias - I drive a Mark 2 Prius. I hadn't planned on getting one, but when I gave it a test drive I was blown away by the gadgetry in the cabin - and the Mk III seems to take this further (as far as I understand it it has a head up display as standard?) - combine that with a real 55-60 MPG at proper speeds on the motorway and enough room for 5 people and a dog, and Toyota's bullet proof reliability and I am completely sold.

Oh, and the but ugly looks grow on you ...


June 24, 2009, 12:33 am

Buy a diesel. They're cheaper, more powerful and sold in everything from a Smart to an S-Class. They're generally lighter and they drive better. Some diesels can even beat a Prius on their environmental credentials.

I reckon if diesels were more common in the US, the Prius would cease to exist. Buy diesel, you silly Americans... :)

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