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#86 of 108 Re: carried over from a Diesel News post thread [gagrice]
May 12, 2009 (2:46 pm)
How many times I have to post this?
Gary says, "Toyota has put all its marbles into the wrong markets. The US buyer is fickle. And the meager Prius sales when gas is cheap, attests to my belief."
Gas prices and Prius sales do not have a direct correlation:
Sales in 2004: 53,991 Avg gas price 2004: $1.895
Sales in 2005: 107,897 Avg gas price 2005: $2.314
Gas prices went up, and so did Prius sales.
Sales in 2006: 106,971 Avg gas price 2006: $2.618
Gas prices went WAY up, and Prius sales BARELY dipped.
Especially notice the data in the last two years:
Sales in 2007: 181,221 Avg gas price 2007: $2.843
Gas prices went up, Prius sales went WAY up.
Sales in 2008: 158,884 Avg gas price 2008: $3.299
Gas prices went WAY up, Prius sales went DOWN.
There is no direct linear relationship between gas prices and Prius sales.
And people do not ONLY buy Priuses when gas prices are high.
People stopped buying Priuses when ALL car sales dropped. Not merely because gas prices came down.
#87 of 108 Re: carried over from a Diesel News post thread [larsb]
May 12, 2009 (3:01 pm)
"Have it your way Toyota!"
#89 of 108 Re: carried over from a Diesel News post thread [larsb]
May 12, 2009 (6:01 pm)
pay a lot to not pollute
when gas was at $4, they said it will soon be $7
stop oil imports
I have to drive very far
additional dealer margin
the health of the economy
these are 9 of the many factors affecting Prius sales.
gas prices ramped down from late Oct thru mid Dec 2008
what is the aug 2008 to jan 2009 prius sales look like as high gas ended?
#90 of 108 Re: carried over from a Diesel News post thread [dave8697]
May 13, 2009 (5:55 am)
Yes, I agree on many of those factors.
I'm just pointing out that Prius sales don't fall off a cliff when gas is cheap.
A lot of Priuses sold BEFORE the gas spikes started.
#91 of 108 Re: I'm lost [fezo]
May 13, 2009 (10:29 am)
How does it look for leasing a 2009 Prius these days. I understand they may be hard to find. ??
#92 of 108 Re: I'm lost [newyorker6]
May 13, 2009 (10:37 am)
Wait a few weeks and lease the greatly improved 2010 model....
#93 of 108 Re: I'm lost [newyorker6]
May 13, 2009 (1:32 pm)
They are overflowing the lots in CA. Take a vacation and drive one home. The dealers in San Diego list 60 available today. Use the Edmund's inventory feature for all the dealers in your area. I am sure the 2010 will be in short supply most of this year. Dealers will not have to deal on them to sell.
#94 of 108 Re: I'm lost [gagrice]
May 13, 2009 (2:07 pm)
Slam Diego is such a tiny Burg.
Here in Phx we have 212 listed for sale.
They are not short in supply.
Our New York friend's first post was this one....interesting....????