Showing posts with label prius. Show all posts
Showing posts with label prius. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2017 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

These are still just illustrations.
But it shows a clear version of what they have in store for the New York Auto show.

Weird they changed it that much from the regular one. I mean a whole new front and rear?
Which, I must say, is a bit of an improvement.

Not sure what the EV range will be, but I really don't think it'll match the Volt's 53 miles.

And we'll see how it competes with the new Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In and its 30 miles range. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Toyota teases new Prius model

The picture on top is the tease.
The bottom one is the regular 2016 Prius.

Some say this is just the Plug-In version. But I don't think Toyota would redesign the whole rear of the car for just the Plug-in version.
Even brand new lights.

Others suggest it might be the new Prius V.
That could be. Although Toyota has hinted recently that the new Rav4 Hybrid might actually replace the Prius V in their line up.

Could it be a sporty coupe? A sedan?

What do you think???

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hyundai Ioniq Vs,Toyota Prius

 It's that time again. Every time I see new pictures of the Ioniq, I feel like comparing it to the new Prius.

Like I mentioned before, I never disliked the previous generation Prius.
It's not something I would get for myself, but a few friends of mine have one, and it is OK.
(Even though many car nerds love to hate it.)

But this one is horrible. It is trying way too hard.
It is basically a visual mess, inside and out. And there is no excuse for it.

I mean look at both cars above. One seems confident, the other one is like crazy kid on speed.

 And it's even worse in the back!

 A tale of two shifters.
 One that looks classy and even quite upscale.
The other one, trying to re-invent the wheel. Ending up looking like a gadget sticking out of a Japanese toilet.
 Nothing to compare here. Since the new Prius doesn't even offer a sunroof anymore...

Trunk space seems pretty similar. At least on these pictures.
The Prius might have a small advantage here actually. (Its floor seems a bit lower)

Now, Kia just announced their "50MPG Niro Crossover".
Which is larger and heavier than the Ionic. Yet uses the same power train.
So the Hyundai might even end up being more fuel efficient that the new Prius!

I really think Toyota messed up. And might end up paying the price by seeing former customers switching to other brands.

Plus, this is 2016. There is no excuse for any car to look like that...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


These are pictures of a Japanese version of the all new 2016 Toyota Prius.
So I am not sure if this particular color is available in the US or not.

Still... Just look at this mess.

I have to say, I am not anti Prius. At all. I actually liked the design of the previous version.
(And I like colors. It's actually sad to see our streets filled with grey/black/white cars.)
I also have many friends who drive them, and, good for them, are very happy.
( I must say that all these people have one thing in common: they all hate driving)

The problem is how ugly the new one is. And it always surprises me when I see new pix.
Above all, that horrible color does nothing to help. It's almost a joke at this point.
A really bad joke from hell.

As I mentioned before, I actually sat in it. And it is even worse in person. Since the plastics are all pretty hard and cheap.
(For a car that isn't that cheap)

There are no excuses, in 2016, for a main stream car design to look like this.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Thursday, January 07, 2016

2017 Hyundai IONIQ already looks 1000 times better than the new Prius.

I mean really, just look at it.
I mean I am usually not that "anti Prius". I just hate ugly things.
Toyota is always trying way too hard. They are so afraid of being labeled "boring".

The Hyundai could have looked a bit more futuristic. Sure. But at least it's tasteful.
I really hope it steals sales from the Prius.

 Same thing inside. The IONIQ interior isn't futuristic, but at least, the console doesn't look like a bathtub.
With a hybrid, plug-in and pure EV versions, I predict this will do really, really well.
Low gas prices or not.
(You would have to be stupid to think gas prices will stay the way they are now. )

It just seems to be a very nice car. One that can compete with the Prius, Volt and Leaf at the same time.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

2016 Renault Megane

 We saw this car a few days ago. But I thought i'd post a few more pictures of it.
It looks really nice! I mean this isn't a luxury car. It is from a mainstream brand.
Competing with the Golf. Nothing super fancy.
Just something looking really good, classy, solid and tasteful.

Meanwhile, in Toyotaworld, we have this...

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

2016 Toyota Prius

Get ready. Because wether you like it or not, this will soon be EVERYWHERE!
(They still sold over 120 000 of the "old" model last year)

No specs from Toyota yet (And why???)
But it is expected to get about 10% better fuel economy. Which is not really a game changer after over 6 years of the current model.

But that doesn't matter, since tons of people are waiting to buy this car.

As far as I am concerned, I do not hate the Prius like so many people do.
I wouldn't buy one. (Because maximum fuel economy isn't my only priority). But I understand people who do.

I actually think the current one looks better.
This new one might be getting too weird. More modern does not mean weirder.
(Something Toyota/Lexus has a hard time to understand in general)
The interior doesn't seem to be an improvement either. Just a bit weirder.
And the "shifter" seems to be in the strangest position ever. Why???
Plus... No more sunroof?

I think this might have a tough time against the much more attractive new Volt.

 Is this really an improvement??? Are the headrests fixed now?

What is THAT?? It looks like a small bathtub in-between the front seats!

And the small shifter sticking out like that, what the hell???

Now... What do YOU think?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

2016 Toyota Prius

There it is.
The all new Prius, finally.

Looking, very... complicated . The front ends seems quite busy. And that rear light...
But it doesn't matter. It actually looks to me like a normal evolution from the current model.
(Which now looks quite subtle compared to that)

I haven't heard of any technical breakthrough. Mileage will be better of course. Probably just around 10/15% better.
But it will still feel like driving a dishwasher. Which also, doesn't matter. Since the Prius is not a car for people who actually enjoy driving.
Which is ... most people.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

2016 Toyota Prius?

Not sure.
Although it does match all the spy shots we have already seen of the car.

Lots (and lots) of people love to hate the Prius design. I don't.
I think the current model looks OK.
( with over 120 000 sold in the US last year, I am not the only one).
I wouldn't buy one because I don't like the way it drives. And getting the highest MPG isn't my number one priority.

This looks like a natural evolution for Toyota. There's even a bit of the Mirai design in it. (Which is really NOT a good thing.)

The only other rumor I hear is a 10% gain in MPG. Which could be enough for current owners to switch to the new one. I guess...

Thursday, May 28, 2015

2016 Toyota Prius

prius toyota new 2016 2016prius future spy
The current Prius is getting a bit long in the tooth. It's over 6 years old now.

Looks like the next one will keep the general hatchback shape. While being quite a bit sleeker.
(That rear hatch window is almost flat!)

A good thing for Toyota. As the Prius is a giant hit pretty much everywhere.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

2016/17 Toyota Prius

This is, of course, just an illustration.
It shows a car so similar to the curent one that most people (Except car nerds like us, and previous owners) won't be able to tell the difference.
So, let's hope the new Prius looks better than this.
Especially after 7 years.

I haven't heard anything about a major breakthrough for the next model.
Of course mileage will be better, as usual.
But it won't be any cheaper since the Prius C is already there.

I still think the new Volt is a much better deal. For the same price you get a car that will give you 50 miles of pure electric driving. Plus, the driving experience of the Volt is so much better than the Prius.