Posted by krowch on December 1, 2005, 4:49 pm
Will the 2006 Prius be the last Prius built?
Posted by Michelle Steiner on December 7, 2005, 5:41 am
Probably not. Toyota has already said that the next generation hybrid
system will debut in the 2008 Prius.
Why do you suspect that 2006 may be the last model year?
Stop Mad Cowboy Disease: Impeach the son of a Bush.
Posted by krowch on December 12, 2005, 8:02 pm
Because a salesman told me it was Toyota's intention
to use the Prius to perfect Hybrid Synergy and then transfer
the technology to all its other cars. The Prius would then be
retired having served its purpose. I don't want this to be true.
I'd like to buy another. Since this was from a salesman, I
didn't believe it entirely. They feel they must be dishonest
whenever they speak.
Michelle Steiner wrote:
Posted by Bill on December 12, 2005, 8:17 pm
If they successfully transfer the technology to their other cars, and if one
of these works as efficiently as the prius, I'll buy that instead. Still, I
tend to think this is just a rumor looking for legs.
Posted by Michael Pardee on December 12, 2005, 9:34 pm
His story doesn't square with the history of the car: it was intended to be
a 21st Century design from the ground up, a year before the specs were
tightened so that only a hybrid system could meet the new fuel efficiency
requirements. The passenger capsule, emission control and suspension are all
newer than any of the previously existing Toyotas.
It seems likely the Prius model will be around after the Camry is supplanted
by a vehicle that is designed by Toyota's new techniques. It's clear Toyota
enjoys its new standing as a force to be reckoned with and it will probably
try to build on that.