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Toyota, Hybrid Cars, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
Aug 13, 2003 (8:32 am)
Giving trucks wheel independent AWD would also improve handling. The affect would be similar to having AWD and a LSD directing the power. And while the motors may add to the unsprung weight, they would probably be lighter (overall) than adding motors and driveshafts.
Aug 18, 2003 (10:08 am)
The video is where all the information is hiding...
The Lexus RX400H looks like a rebadged RX330 (small SUV/CUV).
Uses the new Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive, as seen
in the new 2004 Prius.
I believe that the RX330 is the "luxury cousin" of
the Toyota Highlander, so it would make sense to
see a hybrid Highlander around the same time as the
#73 of 78 not the host here...
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Aug 26, 2003 (3:44 pm)
City of Aspen has just voted to give any hybrid vehicle free parking and $100 refund on registration. At $1.00 an hour, the parking perq is a pretty good one. I figure to the average citizen the deal is worth maybe $700 a year. Over the course of the vehicle's lifetime (let's say 9 years) that's a pretty good incentive don't you think?
IF this were offered in your town (and if it made some sense where you live to have free parking), would such an incentive possibly tip you over into buying a hybrid?
Aug 26, 2003 (4:50 pm)
It's an excellent incentive.
Aug 26, 2003 (10:52 pm)
that would probably tip me toward a hybrid...
Aug 27, 2003 (9:35 am)
I wonder if there's a dual motive in that incentive. Free parking would also increase foot traffic and bolster sidewalk businesses, like cafes and retail.
#78 of 78 Free Parking may be counter productive in some urban areas
Sep 04, 2003 (6:18 am)
I live in the Boston area where parking spaces are at a premium,so parking for long periods of time actually decreases foot traffic. Thus we have 2 hour parking limits, and $50 fines. Ironic, as cities are the place where hybrids are most beneficial.