Posted by JerryW on December 13, 2005, 3:46 pm
"The passenger capsule, emission control and suspension are all
newer than any of the previously existing Toyotas. "
Not the suspension, which is a straight rip from the Avensis (front)
and Corolla (rear, and merely good ol' torsion bar)
The general point is valid, however. Toyota are proud to call the Prius
"The most technologically advanced car on the road today" (2004 UK
Press Pack) and the chances of them discontinuing it this decade are
zero. They see it as their flagship car in many ways.
Posted by Michael Pardee on December 13, 2005, 5:02 pm
I could always be wrong, you know ;-)
I got my info from pages 61/62 of the link, but it could also be the novel
"H" ("eta") suspension didn't find its way into production.
Posted by Mike Rosenberg on December 12, 2005, 10:54 pm
I do recall reading somewhere not too long ago, probably in a newspaper
article, that Toyota plans to sell all of its vehicles with a hybrid
option as soon as possible.
I can see how that makes sense, but whether or not it's true is another
story. Right now, apparently the only person who's said anything to
this effect is that salesman.
I think it's more like they don't necessarily feel any need to be honest
if dihonesty suits their needs.
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