Thursday, June 30, 2016

My Initial Impressions Of The Fourth Generation Prius

Right after the intro, I talk about my first couple of days in the 2016, fourth generation Prius.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Toyota Issues Recall On 482K Priuses

Direct from the horses mouth...
PLANO, Texas, June 28, 2016 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. today announced that it is conducting a safety recall of approximately 482,000 Model Year 2010 - 2012 Prius; 2010 and 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrids and 2011 and 2012 Lexus CT 200h vehicles. 

The involved vehicles are equipped with curtain shield air bags (CSA) in the driver and passenger side roof rails that have air bag inflators composed of two chambers welded together.  Some inflators could have a small crack in the weld area joining the chambers, which could grow over time, and lead to the separation of the inflator chambers.  This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time.  If an inflator separates, the CSA could partially inflate, and, in limited circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle.  If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury.

All known owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail.  Toyota and Lexus dealers will install retention brackets on the curtain shield air bag inflators at no cost.  These retention brackets are designed to prevent the inflator chambers from entering the vehicle interior if separation occurs.

Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time.  For the most up-to-date Safety Recall information on Lexus, Toyota and Scion customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).  Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site:  For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987. 

Living In A Prius

Honestly, I really like driving them. Living in them, not so much but if that's your thing, enjoy it and it appears that Chris Sawey really does enjoy it. So cheers Chris!

From Treehugger...

Do read the whole article at Treehugger. There are more images and details. Whatever I think of Sawey's living arrangements, he's done an excellent job of organizing a space and making it livable when it was never intended to be. Unlike the some of the brain damaged Prius camper concepts, this one is sensible and, obviously, workable.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Not so much a teaser

But all this week, I'm driving the new fourth generation Prius. Thanks to Doug and Johnny at Toyota for making it happen and thanks DS for the delivery and TLC.

Look for the review next week, probably late next week. Tonight was the first night for photos and video. Here's one to keep you going...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

My Bailiwick

Let's put this simply, being a sarcastic smart ass is my skill set. Some might say, it's my only skill. Some might say, well, let's leave it at, I know and understand good commentary and this, is, well, it's just kind of mean and brutish in many ways.
Here's the first, the very first paragraph...
First launched in 1997 to relatively little acclaim, the Toyota Prius is the car that pretty much started the hybrid revolution. Now a common sight outside most clubs and bars at around closing time, the Prius is the perfect drunk-carriage, and can get you home at a super-efficient 85.6mpg.
Well alrighty then. While I could argue somewhat with the first sentence, and the last sentence is likely more true nowadays than at anytime before a year or two ago, it's still pretty rough. But, some writers like to start with shock and awe and then move on.
The Toyota Prius may look more than a little sci-fi on the inside, but scratch the surface and it’s surprisingly basic.
I can't really fight this in some ways this has been the complaint of many Prius owners for many years now. Where Prius was once the car that innovated and incorporated new tech features first it's become, in many ways, a followers for who innovation is anathema.

The story, before too long, moves past the single USB and single AUX connection to the nav.


In some ways I think this author is too nice about the navigation. Given what it costs and what is available in the market, Toyota's is abominable.

I won't parse the whole thing. After starting out rough the writer seems to settle down and, more or less, appraise the new Prius for what it is.


Special EFX

At least for me, this is one special effect that isn't nearly as exciting or interesting in reality and it might sound like it might be.

From the Weekend...
Runware Audio Visual Integrated Solutions (PVT) Ltd, an audiovisual and event service agency recently created an amazing hologram of the Toyota Prius 2016 to perfection at the recent launch of the car. 
Standing at nearly 4 feet tall and 8 feet wide, this 360 degree hologram was the largest ever created in Sri Lanka and the second largest in the world, the agency claims.
"hologram was the largest ever created in Sri Lanka" well then. Woo-hoo!