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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2013 1:45:41 PM

Falling gas prices has been great news for just about everyone except Toyota: Prius sales are taking a hit.

Toyota had previously expected to sell a quarter million of the hybrids in various formats in 2013, perhaps asking too much against a decline in gasoline prices. Leave it to Americans to stop buying fuel efficient cars when gas prices decline. Toyota recognized that gas prices could be a culprit, telling various sources that gasoline gas prices may endanger the goal.

"It'll be a challenge," Lentz said of meeting the goal in an interview with Bloomberg. "We'll continue to push Prius and Prius family, but if it ends up that demand is less than the sales forecast, that may be adjusted."

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Steveo763
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:02:00 AM

I think all of the 40+mpg non-hybrid cars are hurting them too. Why would I buy a Prius, when I can buy a 40+mpg Dodge dart, and invest the $5,000-7,500 into my IRAs? I've been getting a 15-23% return on my choices so I'm not about to give away my money that has been growing without issue.
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txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2013 2:54:53 AM

So I expect an article shortly in reverse as gas prices are rising.
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geminijax
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 9:36:12 PM

Toomygun45:
"The Prius was mentioned on CNN a couple weeks ago that the Gov. told Toyota they had to back off their claim of what they said that car was getting on MPG. American made cars out weigh the savings those little foreign boxes try to say they get in gas mileage."

Can you post a link to that story? I've owned a Prius for 8 years now and it has consistently delivered better performance than Toyota advertised. So, I find your claim rather hard to believe.

"Toyota will try anything to say they are out selling GM."
Is that your opinion or a fact? If the latter, can you cite reliable, unbiased sources to support that?

"People in China etc are now buying more American cars then they are Toyota keeping GM # 1"
LOL! The history between those two countries has quite a lot to do with it.

Unlike gm, Toyota didn't need a massive, tax-payer funded govt bailout to pay for the mistakes their management made over several decades.

The Prius remains a visionary vehicle. When work began on the technology, gas prices were a fraction of what you see today. In 2005, when consumers were waiting for months to buy a Prius, GM's Lutz was publicly deriding hybrids. That was utterly stupid, as GM made an about face 18 months later, increasing Toyota's lead in that area.

I look at facts, not mere opinions!
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timewalker
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 6:16:55 PM

Silly not to keep the pressure on and increase the MPG
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Chazzer
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 6:15:44 PM

Prius prices usually do drop or slow-down during this continuing situation!?!
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2013 12:51:33 PM

give it a few months and people will be running for hybrids, as the trouble worsens in the Mideast. we really need a good energy policy.
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WEB0153
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2013 4:59:49 PM

what else is new?
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clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2013 6:14:27 PM

I think the Prius is a good concept but one of the ugliest cars on the road
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MiataPrincess
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2013 9:06:09 AM

sure...I believe that
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2013 11:34:50 PM

People, really?
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priver
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2013 10:16:49 AM

sure
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dongo50
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2013 12:46:02 AM

more propaganda.
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mdcsgt
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Message Posted: May 21, 2013 11:06:43 AM

Really?? I didn't think gas prices were that LOW. Brainwashed into 3.50 to 4.50 gas as being lower. Not me, it won't be considered low to me until it's $2.50 a gallon. And my friends THOSE DAYS ARE OVER!!
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: May 21, 2013 9:45:38 AM

what lower gas prices?
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Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: May 21, 2013 8:44:26 AM

The Prius was mentioned on CNN a couple weeks ago that the Gov. told Toyota they had to back off their claim of what they said that car was getting on MPG. American made cars out weigh the savings those little foreign boxes try to say they get in gas mileage.

Toyota will try anything to say they are out selling GM. People in China etc are now buying more American cars then they are Toyota keeping GM # 1
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: May 21, 2013 7:32:43 AM

Guess what. Toyota didn't notice that Ford has been producing very attractive Hybrids and economical regular cars
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playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: May 17, 2013 11:16:37 AM

That means its just a matter of time before their sales go back up again...
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 11:35:14 AM

gas is still high
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reb4
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 7:55:52 AM

Very happy I bought my Prius back 2 1/2 years ago... When prices spike to over $4 I feel quite smug getting over 50MPG now...
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4wheel
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 2:17:39 AM

Where are these low gas prices?
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 12:20:55 AM

Now is the time to buy them. Gas prices won't be low forever.
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: May 15, 2013 7:20:19 PM

Could you expect anything else?
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 5:27:02 PM

so people will pay 3.50 but not 4 bucks for gas???? silly
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kiatoindos
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Message Posted: May 10, 2013 1:07:45 PM

What lower gas prices not in the Midwest
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 8:24:56 PM

prices will go back up because NO ONE wants fuel efficient or alternate fuel cars because they want the boom of that shale crap... no matter where it spills or the effect it has people want MONEY..
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priver
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 9:37:56 AM

cant see sales getting better, now with more gassers coming online that get 40MPG+
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 12:04:48 AM

who wants an overpriced toy when the subsidies have expired?
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 7:50:12 PM

Oh my.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 12:24:23 AM

Zeke: indeed, prices are way higher than they need to be.
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Zeke33
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 1:37:23 PM

These people are falling into the trap that Big Oil wants. They think that the pump price has been reduced. Yes it has, but it is still way overpriced.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 12:24:28 AM

gas and hybrids are still too high.
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kennyman
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 12:16:42 AM

Lower gas prices where. ?
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 11:46:24 PM

bad sign because hybrids are great
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heidigirl
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 2:15:26 PM

I love my Prius, too! I routinely get 50+ mpg. Makes it hard to get into my Grand Prix (love how that drives, hate the city mpg) unless it's a road trip.
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Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2013 10:17:23 AM

Its not the price, foreign vehicles have too many recalls and unsafe.
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99dakota
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2013 6:12:37 AM

It's too overpriced for what you get. I buy only American cars and trucks anyway.
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eagle_scout
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 11:23:30 PM

Gas is still too high but so is the Prius
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geminijax
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 10:12:52 PM

bisonjim: "The Prius is priced too high, for what you get."

Really? Would you be willing & able to quantify your assertion?

I've owned a Prius since July 2005. Both the initial purchase price & tcoa I've experienced, easily belie your assertion.
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smgrb2012
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 4:05:16 PM

ok
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suzyq2007
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 3:29:51 PM

I am sure they sell a lot of these. maybe not as many as they want to
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caddilac
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 3:13:36 PM


"Prius sales slowing on lower gas prices"

And when gas prices go back up so will the sale of the Prius go back up.
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wshutton
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:39:40 PM

Another misleading headline: Toyota did not meet Prius sales goals should be the title. It appears Toyota sold more Prii this year than last. They just didn't sell the number they hoped. And, there are many more choices for hybrid buyers than in the past. The hybrid market soared to 2.4 million in 2012.
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abacus44
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:38:42 PM

Perhaps expecting to sell a quarter million of the ugly little things was a bit too ambitious.
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Timons
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:38:22 PM

More fuel efficient combustion engines may also be a factor...
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Titan_62
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:38:06 PM

...we will ALWAYS have a love for gas/diesel powered engines!
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:35:48 PM

Good.
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jcotaxi
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:28:35 PM

That's not news - that's an intrepretation (or opinion) of what the news means.
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pecos
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:27:42 PM

Lower gas prices???? Where??? Not in Columbus.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:27:34 PM

I think everyone knows what this one really is. Initial price and future replacement price for new battery!
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jamofsocal
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:24:55 PM

Lower gas prices? What are they talking about? Gas is still over $4 per gal here in California!!
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