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Ford Takes Aim at Prius V with C-MAX

Automaker prices hybrid model below the Toyota, says it will be more efficient.

by on May.18, 2012

The Ford is taking aim at the Toyota Prius v with the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi.

Ford is taking direct aim at the Toyota Prius v with its new C-MAX Hybrid, announcing that the vehicle would provide better fuel economy and have a lower base price when it goes on sale as a 2013 model.

The company said dealers are not taking orders for the C-MAX, which it says will be the most fuel efficient of a new breed of vehicles it is calling hybrid utility vehicles.

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In addition to the hybrid model, later in the year, Ford will introduce the C-MAX Energi, a plug-in hybrid, which it also claims will be more efficient in electric-only mode and have a longer electric driving range than the coming Prius plug-in hybrid.

The C-MAX Hybrid will carry a base price of $25,995, although the company did not say if that includes destination charges.


Toyota Prices Prius Plug-in at Unexpected $32,760

New model will receives significantly smaller tax incentives than Chevy Volt.

by on Sep.19, 2011

The new Toyota Prius Plug-in on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Toyota delivered an unexpected surprise when it formally announced the launch of its new Prius Plug-in model, revealing it will be priced starting at $32,760, well above what the maker had initially signaled.

That’s a more than $9,000 premium for the lithium-ion-powered version of the Prius, which will be able to deliver up to about 15 miles in electric-only mode.  A fully loaded version of the Prius Plug-in, meanwhile, will go for $40,285.

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The new model will still be about $7,000 cheaper than the Chevrolet Volt – which is seeing its price cut by $1,005 to $39,995 for 2012, including delivery charges.  But that figure can be misleading.  The Volt will qualify for a full $7,500 tax credit under the federal government’s incentive program, while the new Prius Plug-in will receive only a third of that amount.

So the out-of-pocket difference between the Prius Plug-in and Volt will actually work out to only about $2,200.


Toyota Shows 2010 Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept

Even though the company is skeptical about plug-ins, regulations are forcing it to hedge its bets.

by on Sep.14, 2009


The Prius Concept can drive in full electric mode at speeds up to 62 mph with a range of 12.5 miles.

Toyota is determined to keep its leading position as a manufacturer of “sustainable” with the ultimate eco car as one of its main goals, whatever that means.

The Japanese company is striving for more diversity of energy usage and see the plug-in hybrid (PHV) as another step in the ongoing development of hybrid technology.

At the IAA, Toyota showed the 2010 Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept, which is based on the third generation Prius now on  sale. It expands Toyota’s hybrid drive technology with the use of the lithium-ion batteries.

A plug-in hybrid vehicle basically operates as an electric vehicle on short trips and as a conventional hybrid vehicle on longer ones.  Its electric vehicle attributes mean it has a longer total cruising distance and better overall fuel efficiency than a conventional hybrid; this means lower fossil fuel consumption and, thus, reduced CO2 emissions and atmospheric pollution. But because it is a hybrid vehicle, it can run regardless of battery charge and is not completely dependent on a battery-charging infrastructure.

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The Prius Concept can drive in full electric mode (EV mode) up to 62 mph with a range of some 12.5 miles, after which it will revert to hybrid mode and work as a normal Prius. This might allow it to run proposed regulatory tests in electric mode only and come  up with credits so it can  sell larger cars.