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#1067 of 1543 Re: sounds like they're toast [ateixeira]
Apr 08, 2013 (3:49 pm)
That guy filed suit when the 2nd gen Prius came out with HSD in the 2004 model. There was a big debate here at Edmund's. Then it was forgotten. Originally the court awarded $25 per vehicle. Toyota appealed and the anti went up with the more expensive models like RXH and Highlander Hybrid. From that article it looks like Toyota settled for an undisclosed amount. Rumor has it at $98 per vehicle. Let's see 3 million hybrids at $98 each. He should be able to eat well for some time.
#1068 of 1543 Re: sounds like they're toast [gagrice]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 08, 2013 (3:56 pm)
Probably went out and bought a Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.
#1069 of 1543 Re: sounds like they're toast [ateixeira]
Apr 08, 2013 (3:58 pm)
I'm sure a Hummer is more durable than a people moving crossover, but what I doubt is that they will ever accumulate 300,000 miles, as was assumed (average).
I am sure the average Prius is more likely to reach the 109K miles than the average Hummer reaching 300k miles. Not many vehicles are kept running that many miles.
I am still curious who would go to those lengths for a study that was obviously aimed at denigrating the Prius? Maybe GM as they were struggling at the time and were getting beat up by Toyota.
#1070 of 1543 Re: sounds like they're toast [gagrice]
Apr 09, 2013 (7:57 am)
Let's see 3 million hybrids at $98 each
Yeah but patent lawyers get $97 of it, so he probably ended up with $3M.
For a very short while I worked in the patent office at NIH, nice folks but pretty cut-throat business.
#1071 of 1543 Re: sounds like they're toast [gagrice]
Apr 09, 2013 (7:59 am)
Good question, you wonder who funds a lot of these "studies".
Companies like AMCI are hired and supposedly do independent analysis and comparisons with competitors, but you wonder, do they only report results that are favorable? For sure the results are sealed, since the only folks to ever comment on them are the manufacturers that hired them in the first place.
Don't bite the hand that feeds.
#1072 of 1543 Re: sounds like they're toast [ateixeira]
Apr 09, 2013 (8:02 am)
To elaborate a bit more, I imagine it could go like this:
77% prefer Car B to Car A in handling
66% prefer B over A in acceleration and response
81% prefer B over A in braking performance
70% prefer A over B in styling.
Final Verdict: 7 out of 10 people prefer the styling of car A more than the leading competitor (they don't even mention the name, nor all the bad results).
#1074 of 1543 Re: Ultimate Green driving machine [gagrice]
Apr 09, 2013 (11:22 am)
That would go a long way towards getting more Americans to warm up to diesels.
In fact, I bet it would draw people in to showrooms who may even buy more basic models, just as a halo car does in any showroom.
Apr 12, 2013 (6:31 am)
Can't use that tagline any more.
"Nissan is partnering with McDonald's, which will be installing quick chargers at its restaurants in Norway. Customers will be able to fast-charge their cars while they fill up on fast food.
In a country of 5 million people, Norwegian buyers purchased more than 10,000 plug-in electrics last year. That's more than 5 percent of total vehicle sales, compared to .06 percent of both electrics and hybrids in the United States."
Norway Loves the Nissan Leaf
#1076 of 1543 Re: Eat and get gas [steve_]
Apr 12, 2013 (7:22 am)
You can still go to McDonalds and get plenty of gas.
Oh no I didn't.