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  1. Toyota's sales figures for 2011 are here - Toyota Passenger 2011 So far 3831 Auris Hybrid and 5639 Prius. Prius sales are quite a lot lower than last year when over 10,500 were sold.
  2. I have adaptive cruise and I love it. You can adjust the gap between you and the car in front down to "Audi" close if you wish.
  3. Toyota Press Release Toyota GB are launching a special 10th Anniversary edition Prius with body kit, new 17" alloys in pearl white or Astral black only with special black leather interior. Price (with 20% VAT) is over £26K. Ouch. I would have liked to see the Safety kit on it as well (inc LED lights), but then the price would have been £30K.... Looks hot in black IMHO.
  4. I got these from http://www.vcacarfueldata.org.uk/ As we are talking a minicab I have gone for the automatic gearbox model: Prius G3 T3 is 89g CO2 / km and 6mg NOX / km 2010 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCI Auto (140ps) is 187g CO2/km and 0.216g NOX/km = 216mg NOX / km (i.e. 35 times more) It will be interesting what the newer diesels with urea injections fair. The new Mercedes 350 CDI blutec which has this technology has NOX levels down from 0.197g to 0.065g NOX and is Euro6 rated. However 65mg is still 10 times more than the Prius. As a comparison the current S500 with a 5 litre V8 petrol has NOX emissions of 0.031g. And I read somewhere that the Adblue urea costs well over £1,000 every 15K miles to top up.
  5. Sadly TFL have agreed this and announced it on Wednesday and the 100g limit comes into force on 1st Jan. However if you have a over 100g hybrid now register it BEFORE the end of the year and you will be able to carry on exempt until the end of 2012. Based on NOX its totally crazy. So much for air quality.
  6. A lot of assumptions here. Your calculations are correct. Your 35K miles = 56329Km. So that's 5.01 tonnes CO2 and 337.9 g NOX Assuming a 2 litre Mondeo diesel auto - will do around 29mpg urban, cost £1.20 a litre, puts out 187g CO2 and 216mg NOX (Prius is 6mg NOX) Thus you would need 1206 gallons, 5479 litres costing £6,575 which is £2,861 more or 77% more CO2 would be 10.5 tonnes, 5.5 more or 110% more NOX would have been 12,167g, or 11,829g more or 3500% more! That Mondeo is Euro 4. Ford must have a Euro 5 version coming (which will have lower NOX). (I did this in Excel too!)
  7. Sadly this looks like a US only model for now (because Europe has the Verso).
  8. Celebrating 10 years of the Prius in the UK: Toyota GB Press Release
  9. wooski

    Wrong Oil

    Toyota GB have written to all dealers reminding them that the G3 Prius uses 0W-20 engine oil. If your dealer is not using this then you should complain to Toyota GB.
  10. Toyota do sell a Rear wheel drive Hybrid in the UK, it's called the Lexus GS450h.... Toyota are to launch 6 new hybrids by the end of 2012. 2 are Lexus models (CT and IS I reckon). So that leaves 4 Toyotas. The Avensis will almost certainly go hybrid at some point, maybe with the same likely drivetrain as the ISh (i.e. with the 2.4 litre motor from the Lexus HS250h which is Japan and US only).
  11. I agree that the rear 3/4 view looks very dodgy in pics. But then I still think its main competitor the BMW 1 series wasn't graced with the pretty stick either and look how popular those are. As for Lexus itself, well it is still the no 1 luxury brand in the US. Outsells both Mercedes and BMW, something alot of Europeans cant get over but is true. From Toyota's perspective its a way of levering more out of their technology investments and trialling new toys - alot of the higher end technology in the Prius was first on Lexus models. I think the CT will cream off alot of Prius T Spirit sales in the South East to those people just can't live with the Prius interior and want better handling and a more upmarket badge on the bonnet.
  12. Good luck! This is the sort of crazyness that really makes me mad.
  13. Toyot'a 3rd car to be based on the Prius drive train, the Lexus CT200h, has been confirmed to have a CO2 rating of 96g in UK spec. The drive train looks identical, from 3 drive modes to power output (134hp). However the Lexus will have a fully independent rear suspension and more luxurious caban. But it will be smaller than the Prius and less aerodynamic - 0.28 compared to 0.25.
  14. This is indeed crock. The gen 3 Prius is very very popular in London as a mini cab. Companies like Green Tomato run whole fleets of them. If they can survive London they can survive Mansfield. I would fight this - and get loads of publicity doing so.
  15. Low CO2 does not equal low emmissions! London is having a real problem with NOX and Particulates and is still highly likely to get a whopping fine from the EU because of it. CO2 is not directly harmful to humans whereas NOX and particulates are. TFL did propose to lower the Congestion Charge exemption to cars below 100g but many including myself have protested during the consultation. Its madness to allow in small diesals and then ban the G2 Prius. So I hope there will be some change in this. Current hybrids have another 2 years leeway anyway. There is another arguement that those naughty 3.5 litre and 5 litre Lexus hybrids are far better than their executive equivilents. And they still put out less NOX etc than a Polo bluemotion diesal.
  16. You should keep the car in Drive for the hybrid drive to work correctly - especially during warm up and when the battery is low. There is a mechanical lock with Park. This info is all in the manual (as you'd expect).
  17. They are obviously doing this because dealers are reporting kick back when customers come in and see the 100K warranty on the Auris and then not on the Prius. So this keeps the Prius competitive. I have to say after this experience I will never buy a new car as its launch again. The UK Prius now has better options and warranty - both of which could easily have been offerred at launch last summer (as they were available in other markets). I still think the UK is getting stiffed with the choice of interior colours. Why we can't order the light grey and tan interior colours and get stuck with the drab gray I dont know.
  18. This will almost certainly apply to the Prius Plug-In as well. The highest CO2 is 60g and the Plug-In prototypes scrape in at 59g. The Toyota engineers may get more out of it before the production version launches in 2012. Note - the overall value has been slashed so many fewer cars will get it. EDIT - it's worth noting that the 59g is CO2 at the tail pipe. Obviously the CO2 from transporting the oil and producing the electricity is NOT included in that figure.
  19. The few US Prius owners who have had week long trials with a Prius plug in prototype (see PriusChat for more details) have questioned why the Prius starts up the engine 1.6 miles before the EV range runs out. And the answer is this very issue - its to meet this California law. It basicly ensures that a gas engine only warms up from cold once whilst the car is running. As we all know warming up from cold is the most polluting time for an engine. The Prius plug in (and indeed the standard car) ensures this happens only once and then takes steps to keep the engine warm which presumably the Volt does not. I would have thought a software patch should enable GM to resolve this for the Volt.
  20. Another update from the CAR and Autocar. CAR have just given up and are now apparently getting 39mpg out of their's. They even clain that the air con starts the enginer which it doesn't (the air con - like everything else on the G3 - has its own electric motor specifically to stop this from happenning). In short the guy hates the car and loves the BMW diesel he is also driving. I suspect he speeds too long at the other side of 80mph and always has the power mode on. Normal drivers (esp owner drivers) just dont drive like this. Autocar on the other hand have turned over a leaf and are now driving the car "within the speeds limits" to see what effect it has. Surprisingly the driver ackowledges that keeping to the limit is not actually taking him much longer to get to work. He's more relaxed etc. They should now start to see over 50mpg. I still think the HSD works best in urban environments.
  21. Indeed. The Prius is a triumph of technology with regards to the engine BUT the whole car as a buying experience (in the UK at least ) is just AWFUL They have a lot to learn if they think I'm dumping a hard earned bunch of 23 thousand pounds on a car that doesn't even have the same basic level of creature comforts as the one I'm changing from. Great car. Really good driving experience But a totally rubbish buying new experience. Toyota - you're pricing yourselves out of the market! As the Safety pack effectively includes the Leather and LED packs you'd only want the single option. SO it would bring a new T-Spirit up to around £25K with a discount. Mind you I wonder if you'd have to wait 18 weeks or if Toyota UK will bite the bullet and bring some in in the most popular colours on spec for more immediate delivery.
  22. Press Release here - http://www.toyotagb-press.co.uk/protected/vehicles/releases/2010/61163toy.htm Having driven a Lexus GS 450h with Adaptive Cruise Control I can't recommend it enough. It's superb for motor driving, always keeping you a set distance between you and the car ahead of you and then never exceeding the speed you have set. The pack includes: Pre-Crash Safety system Adaptive Cruise control Leather upholstery Dusk-sensing headlights LED low beam headlights with washers Electrochromic auto-dimming rear view mirror Water-repellent front side window glass Makes the almost £3,000 price seem reasonable! I think this now also enables a UK buyer to spec a Prius up to Advanced Technology Pack levels available in the US since the Gen 3 was launched.
  23. I noticed this on the Toyota blog for the Auris. Like the G2 Prius the Auris is to get 8 year / 100K hybrid warrenty. The G3 Prius fell to 5 years / 60K like the Lexus hybrids. I wonder if this will sway more people to the Auris?
  24. Some interesting comments here. I think the guy is thrashing it all the time to average 42mpg. There is just no other explanation. Owners adapt to the Hybrid way of driving and this guy clearly hasn't. I dont personally think the type of journey you make is that important but the length of it and the weather certainly is. Once you get past the intial warm up the car performs superbly. I do one regular journey that's only just over 2.5 miles at night and in the winter the car only just warms up when I get to the destination and so the engine runs almost the whole time. In this warm weather it shuts down at the first set of traffic lights and so fuel economy is vastly improved. That's the one thing I think Toyota should improve on for the G4 in 2012 - better warm up performance in the cold by automatically blocking the grille. Its a simple way to get better fuel economy.
  25. What amuses me is following people cruising at the speed limit and watching them brake when they see the camera. Don't they realise they are at the legal limit already? Its an automatic reaction - see camera and brake.
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