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Toyota unveils 2010 fuel-sipper Prius in Detroit

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CBS News' "60 Minutes" just reported that the "soaring petroleum prices" that happened last year were a result of money flowing from the stock market to the deregulated commodities futures exchange. Once Americans get this worked out and prices return to normal, they'll be back in their gas guzzling Hummers. But keep up the good work, Toyota. At least some people feel conservation is worth the effort.

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The high cost of fuel this past year did serious damage to our economy and society. After a brief reprieve gas prices are inching back up again. Our nation should not allow other nations to have such power over us and our economy . We have so much available to us in the way of technology and free sources of energy. WE seriously need to get on with becoming an energy independent nation. We are spending billions upon billions in bail out dollars. Why not spend some of those billions in getting alternative energy projects set up. We could create clean cheap energy, millions of badly needed new green jobs and lessen our dependence on foreign oil all in one fell swoop. I just read an eye opening book by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009. It would cost the equivalent of 60 cents per gallon to drive and charge an electric car.If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV's instead had plug-in electric drive trains, the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota. Why don't we use some of the billions in bail out money to bail us out of our dependence on foreign oil? This past year the high cost of fuel so seriously damaged our economy and society that the ripple effects will be felt for years to come. www.themanhattanprojectof2009.com

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I'm already looking forward to the "fuel-huffer" 2011 model.

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Russia just turned to protectionism and has pushed up the price of imported cars. Obama will do the same as protectionism is the quickest way for nations with plenty resources to right their economies and pull down unemployment. Import replacement eats up unemployment and stabilises an economy faster than any other method Obama would be a mug not to use it. Dropping the US plant was a big mistake for Toyota they will lose their market share as Detroit pushes out eco-models at cut prices and imports get slammed by extra taxes.

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I've often wondered why electric/hybrid cars don't use solar to recharge the batteries while they are parked.

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Good for the Japanese car industry. Should be taking over America in teh next few years. I drive a Daihatsu by the way. Very cool car.

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To think that the Prius was the brainchild at a US University, at a small conference on how to save Toyota from going down the tubes. The people who attended must be stunned to have actually witnessed the initial discussion on creating a Prius like car.

Something that will not make it in auto history.

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A 2001 Toyota Prius WAS more environmentally friendly than the projected 2020 Hydrogen fuel cell car estimated to go into initial production in 2015. Gotta hand it to the folks in Aichi, "Quality is Job 1."

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Toyota must learn to share it's success better or face losing popularity and esteem. A giant czar auto company should be mentally capable of not having so much fear and greed. In the near future the average human will be able to read and write with citizens of the first world having the mind and ability to drive. It behooves Toyota to appeal to highly intelligent drivers and omit small talk. Toyota must stand firm and help create a better than yesterday world, with such success it only seams that gaining greater success only needs to the fact of letting go of fear and greed. Today should be seen by Toyota as a great opportunity to a brighter tomorrow one with technology and integrity at the forefront.

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