Friday, July 8, 2016

Electrified Vehicles "Dominate" Used Car Market

Well, via one metric, how fast they sell, they are. Which makes all the recent trash talk about the Plug-In Prius rather ironic.

Number #1?
Yes, number one!
Due to limited inventory, Toyota Prius Plug-in has always been a fast seller, but on the used market it is the hottest ticket in the country. According to the iSeeCars.com study, Prius Plug-ins last an average of 19.7 days on the secondhand market — about five days faster than the second-place Leaf and less than half the national average of 42.4 days.
Looking ahead to the next Prius Plug-in, Toyota expects to enjoy much brisker sales when it reaches U.S. dealerships in the coming year. In the meantime, used models with the HOV sticker are selling better than anything else available. If you see one you like, snatch it up before it’s gone.
The best selling used plug-in. Weird how things work.

Trivia, I designed that holographic sticker decorating the lower quarter panels of this car. Knowing that gets you nothing. Thanks to my friend, the former high priestess of Prius, Erica, for the hook up on getting to do that.

Awards

If there’s one firm that knows a thing or two about building hybrids, it’s Toyota. The pioneering Prius is now into its fourth generation, and nearly 20 years on from the original model, it’s more efficient and user-friendly than ever, which means it’s a deserving recipient of our Green Award. 
The latest version is also a car that has embraced its eco sensibilities, thanks to a new look that shouts green machine from every angle. Of course, it won’t be to all tastes, but the low, narrow nose, rising waistline, flared wheelarches and chopped-off tail are a refreshing change from the bland previous-generation Prius.

That's NumberWang!

Hyundai has been, well, obvious, in releasing information about Ioniq and it all comes down to beating Prius or Prius Prime in whatever metric they can claim. So it's no surprise that now that UK pricing for Ioniq is released, it's a little bit cheaper than Prius. Just as Hyundai has carefully adjusted their specs for Ioniq.
I think it's a game but I get it and I don't even really think Hyundai is stupid for playing it but I don't have to respect them for it.

And I don't.

Just as I think Toyota should be more open.

Source and more details (UK pricing only): Transport Evolved

Source for headline, here...