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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:41:11 AM

Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, who headed the development of the Prius, said automakers should step up their efforts on hybrids so cumulative U.S. sales will reach 5 million in three years.

“It’s only when we put ourselves under the same kind of intense pressure we faced in developing the Prius that we can achieve great goals,” Uchiyamada said at the Economic Club of Washington D.C. today. “I wish to call on the industry to sell 5 million hybrids in the U.S. by the end of 2016.”

That’s a 72 percent more than the 2.9 million hybrid vehicles sold in the U.S. until August, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates. The Toyota City, Japan-based carmaker is the world’s largest producer of gasoline-electric hybrids, with the company estimating to have sold more than 3 million Prius
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RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 2:15:09 PM

Ok
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 9:21:13 AM

Agreed
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 7:22:44 AM

Alrighty then.
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bston
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:12:26 AM

Really happy with our 2nd Camry hybrid purchase. Our first one had 118k miles on it & had sustained hail damage do we decided to take the payoff & trade it in on a new model. They're the best!
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:51:56 PM

Not for me.
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BburgCW
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 2:09:57 PM

Hybrids - the wave of the future.
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madison8359
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 1:39:11 PM

It's going to happen.
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Shaduu
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 1:24:58 PM

Buy American not a worthless Toyota!!
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markcayer
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 1:06:00 PM

Hybrid or new diesel?? Interesting choice.
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wrunner
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:42:34 PM

Buy a hybrid, if it feels right for the buyer to buy a hybrid.

Buy a Toyota hybrid, if it feels right for the buyer to buy a Toyota.

Buy a new Toyota hybird, if it feels right for the buyer to buy new.
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CrackedLCD
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:39:57 PM

I'd still rather have a diesel.
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SRcyclist
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:31:31 PM

Hybrids are good, but I've always wondered how much the system actually contributes to gas mileage for the complexity that it adds. I.e., I'd love to see how a non-hybrid version of a Prius performs (good aerodynamics, shut off ignition during stops, etc. but no regenerative braking and hybrid battery).
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tnfran
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:08:08 PM

Not if it includes more recalls.
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gashound007
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:42:14 AM

Hybrid is a good technology to increase mpg without bringing on range anxiety.
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amerk73
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:15:22 AM

not interested
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:11:11 AM

No thanks
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vwilsonskis
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:01:55 AM

I would if I could afford it
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boileauj
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:55:48 AM

Domestic auto manufacturers are starting to see the profitability of selling hybrid vehicles. Most Americans are expecting hybrid-level fuel economy and are getting used to the concept of hybrid vehicles. Its not hard to believe that hybrid popularity and thus sales number will increase to this level soon.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:53:12 AM

What else would you expect him to say since the Prius is the largest selling Hybrid car in the market today. This is a self-serving comment by Uchiyamada.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:51:54 AM

Obviously, encouraging a broader acceptance of hybrids will benefit Toyota more than anyone else since they dominate the hybrid marketplace and can expect to maintain a commanding lead if the overall market for these vehicles expands.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:37:50 AM

get real,hybrids are for people who want them
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:37:05 AM

Good luck.
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amoshins
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:36:03 AM

Sure, bolster Toyota hybrid sales in the US
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:17:21 AM

Good to know. Very informative.
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schvanda63
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:09:34 AM

Sorry, but I'm not going to contribute to their sales goals. I have no interest in a hybrid or ev.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:00:00 AM

nice
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:45:25 AM

Doing his job
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:45:16 AM

major price cuts would help alot
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:43:01 AM

interesting !!
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