Toyota announced this week that the Prius, the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, passed 3 million sales worldwide in February. This isn't just a boon for Toyota; it's a big deal for the entire car industry.
The Prius has, believe it or not, been around for a decade in the U.S. But the best-selling hybrid is still the ultimate status symbol for anyone hoping to prove their green worth. Most of us can conjure up an image of a typical Prius owner in our mind's eye. Now we'll get to see what a real crazed Prius fan looks like thanks to Toyota's new online search for the most passionate Prius fan ever.
Good news for Prius groupies: The plug-in hybrid version of the best-selling vehicle will be rolled out en masse in 2011, with tens of thousands of plug-in Priuses set to hit the road. 500 lucky customers in Japan, the U.S., and Europe will have a chance to lease the vehicle as part of a test run later this month as well.
Summer means getting outside—especially this year, when relaxing should be as free as it is freeing. But staying home doesn't have to mean going without. Here are nine fun but sensible toys to splurge on this summer.
The market is flooded with gas/electric hybrid vehicles—the Ford Escape, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Silverado—but the good ol' Toyota Prius still takes the top spot, according to the Consumer Reports Annual Auto
Amid whispers of a depression, the timing of last week's CES gadget-show was awk-warrrrrd. But this week, it gets weirder, with the year's biggest auto show, which opened yesterday in the Big Three's backyard.