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Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#2398 of 4026 HH & Hybrid Sales Steady
Jan 14, 2006 (8:17 am)
Just visited the San Jose auto show, amazing what GM is doing, still pushing the monsters. It is a perfect example of a huge company that finds it hard to change. Not too many hybrids except for Honda, Toyota and Ford.
Business Week reported (Dec. '05) following Hybrid sales figures:
• 9,350 in 2000
• 20,287 in 2001
• 35,000 in 2002
• 47,525 in 2003
• 88,000 in 2004
• 187,439 (through November 2005)
99000 Prius sold in 2005, 40000 Honda Hybrids (all models) sold. RX400h holding steady at 2600 cars a month until October when it dropped below 2000. The HH holds steady at 2300 cars a month.
Got our HH from Carson Toyota (Southern CA) last year and checked their site last month for friends and family, Carson is turning over those HH's steadily. I am beginning to see more HH showing up in the SF Bay Area as well. At least in CA, the HH and other Hybrids seem to be selling.
Love it or hate it, looks like hybrids are here to stay.
#2399 of 4026 hybrids, hybrids, hybrids
Jan 15, 2006 (4:23 pm)
Big article in morning paper about the newly designed Toyota Camry and its hybrid sister. Supposedly designed to be a bit less family sedan and be a bit more macho. . .
I saw an HH that startled me the other day as there are so few in my town. Even the dealership said they only work on 2 or 3 a month (5000 mile tune-ups is all they've done). This one was black with fancy swoopy painting on the side - kind of like an 80's van. Quite surprised me. . .
#2402 of 4026 New HH Limited Owner with a ?
Jan 16, 2006 (1:24 pm)
I am the proud owner of a new '06 HH Limited w/Nav and rear entertainment DVD. I have been reading here for the past few weeks and have noticed that Bluetooth is not available from the factory. Is is very upsetting since I did pay over $40K for this vehicle. Anyways, is there an aftermarket bluetooth that will work with the Navigation system? Will Toyota make available an addon that will enable people to use their bluetooth phones in their HH? Even the Prius has this option but our HH doesn't? Eventhough this is the only issue that I see with the vehicle, it is a great vehicle.
Jan 16, 2006 (8:44 pm)
i dont understand why it isnt in the HH but if it helps i can tell u the bluetooth in the 400h isnt the best feature in the vehicle. yes i am very happy with the car, however a bluetooth headset with your phone is a better combination audio wise and connects faster than thru the nav system.
#2404 of 4026 Re: New HH Limited Owner with a ? [jafo18301]
Jan 16, 2006 (9:27 pm)
Did the rear entertainment DVD come from the factory or did you have it installed? I bought mine in September and don't recall this being an option back then.
#2405 of 4026 Re: New HH Limited Owner with a ? [650vac]
Jan 17, 2006 (8:02 am)
The rear DVD system was dealer installed. They wanted to put in a 10" screen but the support in the roof is too far apart so it wouldn't be able to hold it. They could install it but it would start to sag down. They are putting in 2 7" screens in the headrests for no extra charge.
As for the bluetooth issue... I already have a bluetooth headset but I don't like to drive with it attached to my ear. I would rather utilize the nav system screen for the phone. Since other manufacturers are installing bluetooth into their vehicles, it makes me wonder why Toyota didn't put it into this vehicle (or even offer it as an option). If anyone knows of an aftermarket that will allow me to utilize the nav system, please let me know.
Thanks for the replies.
#2406 of 4026 Re: New HH Limited Owner with a ? [jafo18301]
Jan 17, 2006 (10:37 am)
I believe its a production question and a marketing question. The new Highlander is due out next year. You can expect it to be much different. The Crossover SUV market that Toyota created ( RAV & Rx300 ) has moved light years since the Highlander camr out.
The Highlander needs a major updating in size, features, styling, powertrain, etc. This is the 'lame duck' year for this model.