Friday, October 21, 2016

In Which We Answer A Pictorial Question With A Picture



This has been another edition of simple answers to simple questions. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Prius Recall

Via Reuters...
Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it was recalling around 340,000 of its latest Prius gasoline hybrid model in Japan and overseas to fix a parking brake issue. 
The recall covers models produced between August 2015 and October 2016, and affects around 210,000 vehicles in Japan and 94,000 in North America, Toyota said, adding that the balance would be recalled in Europe, Australia and other regions. 
No accidents have been reported in Japan in connection with the issue, a Toyota spokeswoman said, while declining to comment on whether any accidents had occurred overseas.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Lowdown On Prime

My good friend, Danny Cooper, proprietor of Prius Chat has all the insides information on Prius Prime. He's driven it and here's the best place to get all the details.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Every Prius A Prime

I can't say I called this publicly but I've been thinking it since I first saw the Prime in New York at the beginning of the year. Our friend, Sebastian Blanco at Autoblogreen is the first one to make the claim. I think he could very well be right.
Starting with the fifth-generation models, Toyota might do away with standard hybrid technology altogether in the Prius line-up. Instead, Toyota is considering making every future Prius a plug-in hybrid.
The problem is, the once pioneering Prius has been leap frogged by a number of other cars. It's boring, which is more marketing than a practical consideration but it's also, well, not as efficient as it could be. That is a problem.

Here's the part that scares me a little.
Shoichi Kaneko, assistant chief engineer for the Prius Prime, told AutoblogGreen that creating the next-generation Prius will be a tremendously difficult challenge. Because Toyota wants to lead the way in reducing (and eventually eliminating) fossil fuels from its vehicles, simply making a better standard hybrid powertrain might not be enough. "Ultimately, PHEV may be the way to go," Kaneko said through an interpreter. 
So, yes. That's right. But, it's also still old tech. And I'm not crying for new tech for the sake of novelty but I am pointing out that Toyota is still resisting going full EV for reasons that are, at least to me, totally opaque. They dumped goddess knows how many hundreds of millions into fuel cells and the Mirai for, well, not much in return. And it's hardly clear that is an investment in the future as hydrogen still has one big problem, ignoring the huge one of distribution, where do you get the damn hydrogen? Yet Toyota still refuses to even really acknowledge the existence of EVs a legitimate type of vehicle.

Nice reporting Mr. Blanco.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Exquisitely Bored In California

We could debate the idea of a red Prius being a police vehicle. We could. But why?

Instead, let's just leave it at, this is a really stupid thing to do.

Oh, and yes Toyota and Saatchi, hmmm, a red Prius, playing with police? Where have I seen that before?

Maybe it was the red and blue lights on top of a Toyota Prius that prompted a skeptical call to Turlock police when the hybrid attempted to pull the driver over. 
After the call, real police began checking the area of Countryside Drive and W. Monte Vista Avenue for the suspicious car, but couldn’t locate it initially. 
Then, two hours later, an officer pulled over a red Prius. Inside were 20-year-old Saul Rodriguez and 18-year-old Michael Reynolds, police said. Also inside the car police found red and blue emergency lights, police said. The young men were subsequently taken into custody. 
Police used the incident as an opportunity to remind the public that if they believe they are being contacted by someone impersonating a police officer to contact 911 if they feel like their life is in danger. 
“As a citizen, you can ask for identification from a police officer or contact that officer’s department to verify their employment,” officials wrote in a Facebook post. “If you are stopped while driving your vehicle by an unmarked police vehicle, pull over in a well-lit and or well-populated area. If the person who has stopped you is wearing plain clothing you can ask for either a supervisor or for a fully marked patrol vehicle to respond to your area.” 
However, police also took the moment to remind the public should someone try to run from an officer without justification, it could result in a criminal charge.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

What Do The Prius Prime Packages Look Like?

Danny at Prius Chat has posted all the details.

A few comments from me.

-A Prius should have a SmartKey. Not having on the base version is just stupid.

-I'm still trying to figure out why vinyl, sorry, "SofTex" seats come at a premium. I'm so old I remember when plastic seats were something most people wanted to avoid.

-A name badge is not a feature.

Do visit Prius Chat and look over the features of the new Prime.

Prius Prime Goes On Sale In November

Via our friends at Prius Chat...