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Old 06-05-2008, 04:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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or maybe they could make it 4wd and go mudding.. that makes about as much sense.

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Old 06-05-2008, 07:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Anyone who has owned a convertible knows what putting the top down does to the fuel mileage. My Jeep, for example, goes from 18-20mpg top up to about 8-10mpg top down. Why would you buy a hybrid convertible? You might as well buy a "cool" convertible at that point, you've just spent a ton of money on a hybrid drivetrain that is offering you minimal benefit. Hybrids are cool but don't always offer the best option financially.
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I think you guys are looking at this wrong anyway.

Its not about whats good, its what will sell.

Cars with 60 mpg? Pffft, give me a V8 automatic pickup to get groceries.
Going green is the current trend, for better or worse, and someone is just trying to capitalize on that. I'm sure there are TONS of people who just want to be able to say "My convertibles a hybrid"

BTW, the convertible I rode in was a cavalier z24 and it got around 32 on the interstate, with an automatic transmission. Whats a normal Z24 2000 cavalier get?
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Even going for cool points, that concept looks about as cool as a convertible PT Cruise IMO
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not my style either. I bet all the drivers of priii that average only 40mpg would do that though, lol.
I don't know anyone with a Prius in California that doesn't average at least 45 mpg (no cold weather to rob energy). The stop-and-go traffic on the freeway really makes the Prius shine; I get 49.5 mpg when I drive "carelessly" (70 - 75 when I can, and then about 20 mph). I've pushed that to 52 on a couple of tanks with careful driving, but don't have the patience to continue in that vein.

A convertible Prius makes as much sense as one with oversized mag wheels.
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Old 06-06-2008, 01:05 AM   #16 (permalink)
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hell this makes more sense than a prius convertible...
http://globalmotors.net/toyota-prius-limo/
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hell this makes more sense than a prius convertible...
http://globalmotors.net/toyota-prius-limo/
That actually doesn't look half bad. 6 doors are a bit crazy, but a LWB Prius wouldn't be too shabby
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That actually doesn't look half bad. 6 doors are a bit crazy, but a LWB Prius wouldn't be too shabby
yeah and could cause some of those SUV lovers that think they need 6+ passanger seating to actually consider a fuel effiecient car... however i still dont like the prius at all.. not by looks but the fact that its MPG isn't really that good.. most users get 40mpg.. what a civic got a few years ago.. However hybrid is the green word of the day to most people.. and if it means getttinga few suvs off the road then thats great.
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yep the prius limo definately makes moer sense, road trip anyone??
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yep the prius limo definately makes moer sense, road trip anyone??
One benefit from the Limo version....More people can fit for car pooling!

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