Sunday, August 28, 2016

Toyota To Sell Reconditioned Prius Plug-In From Japan...In New Zealand

I suspect there is some tie in to new Prius Prime sale in Japan. Maybe Toyota is running some kind of aggressive trade in program for the old PiP if you order a Prime. No idea really but for some reason, Toyota is reconditioning used Prius Prius Plug-Ins from Japan and then shipping them to New Zealand for sale. I get the logic of it. I don't know if it makes any financial sense for Toyota and suspect, again, the real benefit to TMC is not depressing the value of used plug-in in Japan.

Whatever it is, this just weird.

TNZ's answer to the forward-looking EV trend has come from an unusual quarter: used cars from Japan. It's now selling the previous-generation plug-in Prius through its Signature Class programme.
So while the cars are between two and four years old, with up to 25,000km on the clock, you get five years full Toyota warranty (including the battery), including roadside assistance and free Warrant of Fitness checks. That's actually better than the standard Signature package, which only runs to three years.
Prices range from $30,000 to $40,000, depending on age and specification. There's an entry-level PHV L model, which still has keyless start, climate air conditioning and full-colour 6.1-inch touch screen. The S adds gas-discharge headlights and upgraded audio, as well as Touch Tracer controls on the steering wheel. The flagship G gets cruise control and keyless entry, or you can step up to the G 'leather pack' that has (you guessed it) part-leather upholstery, radar cruise control and Pre-Crash safety technology.
This is the first time, that I am aware of, a major car company has done something like this.

h/t to Tideland Prius at Prius Chat.

Prius Prime

Well, in Japan, apparently, it's the Prius PHV. Which is weird but it's their call. Big thanks to Tideland Prius from Prius Chat.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Prius Prime Video

Sigh, dealers. For those of you familiar with the Prime you'll note some real idiocy from the dealer in this video. Nonetheless, it's a good little peak into Prime driving. Big thanks to our friends at PriusChat for this. Read more commentary from PCers on the video at the link in the previous sentence.

New Prius Pricing

Our good friends at PriusChat got the scoop on the new Prius pricing. Visit this thread there for the details.
TSS-P is now standard on all trim levels. (*ed note: Toyota Safety Sense)

Touring prices went up $15. (No change)
Two Eco went up $465
Two, Three and Four went up $485

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hybrid Sales

While sales of hybrid cars are down in the US (yes, including Prius), globally, the market for hybrids continues to be strong with sales increasing despite the US sales drop.

A nicely done piece at writes more...
One meaningful statistic is Toyota reports it’s on track for 1.4 million hybrid sales this year, exceeding its previous high of 1.3 million in 2013. 
Overall, Toyota reports 17-percent global hybrid sales growth for 2016’s first six months, according to a report by Wards Auto.

But there are standouts here in the US market...
One Toyota model that has supplanted cars from the second-to-Prius selling position in the U.S. and doing well in Europe also is the new RAV4 Hybrid.
Yes, the RAV4 Hybrid is, quite literally, killing the Prius v. Which also highlights how criminally stupid Mitsubishi is for, after three years of delays, still not selling the Outlander hybrid in the US.

And then Honda...

Sorry, I was stop to catch breath, I was laughing so hard. Honda hybrids...

Sorry, seriously, Honda hybrids? Honda is a great car company but their hybrids offerings have, for a very long time, been awful. And Honda has done little or nothing about it.
Honda’s hybrid sales a few years ago were 75 percent in its home market, and today they are closer to 97 percent.
Because the two popular models of Honda hybrids are only sold outside the US. Like Mitsubishi, one has to wonder why.

Suffice to say, overall, hybrid sales are still strong and the main thing, apparently, is the low price of gasoline. Odd how plug-in and EV sales are still strong though.

Hmmmm, maybe there's a message there.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Some Good Isn't Enough

At least according to this article doing some deep navel gazing into the owners of Prius. Or so we're told.
Buying a Prius isn’t always an ethical choice
And it may not be. People buy Priuses for a wide range of choices but let's be clear. If you're buying some that pollutes less and uses less fossil fuels, you're still, sadly, making a better choice than most vehicle buyers. Now, as the articles alleges, some people buy "good" things to give them permission to do bad things in other areas and this may be true of some Prius owners. May. Be. But my point is, good is good and most consumer choices people make involve little or no consideration in this area at all.

But, Prius is still one of the great link bait keywords.

And the beat goes on.

Thursday, August 11, 2016


TORRANCE, California — The 2017 Toyota Prius hybrid hatchback is on the way to Toyota dealerships with an average overall price increase of $374, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said. 
The base 2017 Toyota Prius Two is priced at $25,550, including an $865 destination charge. 
The top-of-the-line 2017 Prius Four Touring starts at $30,880, including destination fees.
This is a carryover model with minimal changes for the new model year.