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Old 08-24-2004, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, they just *completely ignored it* in a brief story this morning on gas prices and hybrid cars. they said that Honda makes "A" hybrid (no, there are two! ) and then went on to talk only about the prius. and then, had the nerve to say the prius looks different and is a fashion statement!!
I can't ever tell the prius from other cars, especially now that the Echo is more common.

so, anyone else hear this?
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Old 08-24-2004, 09:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had figured NPR would have been more likely than most to give comprehensive coverage of hybrids.
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Old 08-24-2004, 12:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hear the story here
Send your feedback to Morning Edition: [email protected]
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oh, thank you armin! I had wanted to do that but got distracted this morning. darn job!
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I submitted feedback. Honda makes three hybrids...
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I just sent them an email.
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It sure feels funny to hear comments about the Prius that use to be the other way around when they started selling hybrid cars:

Then Prius owners dismissing the Insight: Not a real car, looks funny,...
But the Prius was: real car, looks like all others,...

and now they talk about their cars like it was an Insight:
Looks different, fashion,...

The new Prius just has the looks of the Insight. Oh well...
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I heard it. Didn't bat an eye. If Honda manufactured more Insights, or if Honda came out with a new version, the Insight would get more media attention. It's still the highest-mpg (by US EPA) car there is, and I still enjoy driving it every day!
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Old 08-25-2004, 10:33 AM   #9 (permalink)
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NPR's Marketplace did a piece on the Prius price increase yesterday. It seems, that every time Toyota announces that they are making more Prius available in the US, the base price of the car went up. Marketplace did mention about the Insight and HCH, but expert commented that the Prius is more popular because the Insight was too weird, and HCH is too plain.

http://marketplace.publicradio.org/show ... 4_mpp.html

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Well, at least Lisa Napolie slams Toyota for building a new plant which will make 13mpg trucks. They're not so concerned about the environment are they.

"George Jetson-esk" That's one of the best descriptions for the Insight!
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