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Hybrid car costs in different countries January 18, 2005 8:47 AM

My husband and I test drove a Toyota Prius . It is a fantastic car, but very expensive in Finland. The asking price was 40,000 EUR, which is equal to 52,133.44 USD, or 63,651.26 CAD or 27,900.16 GBP! Perhaps it is a good thing that the asking price is lower in North America where hybrid cars are very important to help the environment, but in my view all countries need to promote the ownership of hybrid cars to protect the environment. I'm very disappointed in the price discrepancy between countries and the fact that tax breaks are not offered for hybrid car owners. Thanks for listening to my ramble :) If anyone else wants to bellyache over price, please feel free to join me. (In any case, I am still willing to put my money where my mouth is concerning eco-friendly car choice.)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 18, 2005 10:55 AM

I guess it's all part of supply and demand, and hopefully with demand remaining high, the price will eventually come down. Right now, dealers are getting a primium price with no bargaining, since if you don't want the car, someone else will take it. We checked the 2005 Toyota Highlander which is coming out with a hybrid version, and back in September there were already long waiting lists everywhere. So be patient, hopefully prices will come down!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Wow! Too expensive! February 01, 2005 10:59 AM

That's awful! I'm sorry! The Prius is one of the most affordable quality cars in America, hybrid or otherwise. I certainly can't blame you if the price disillusioned you. I had to get my Honda Civic Hybrid because it was the hybrid I could afford. I love my Hybrid (which we named Khalid after a man we met on our honeymoon right after we bought it), but it's just not the best one out there. Have you seen the Travolta-Devito movie "Be Cool" trailer? (www.apple.com/trailers) In the end of the trailer, he calls his car the Cadillac of Hybrids. It's the Insight, of course. Then Devito's car pulls up. It's a sweet, but gas-guzzling ultra-sports car. He says, "Yeah, but what about speed?" And Travolta's character smiles and says, "If you're important, people will wait." I love it. ~Michelle  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Wow! Too expensive! February 01, 2005 11:00 AM

That's awful! I'm sorry! The Prius is one of the most affordable quality cars in America, hybrid or otherwise. I certainly can't blame you if the price disillusioned you. I had to get my Honda Civic Hybrid because it was the hybrid I could afford. I love my Hybrid (which we named Khalid after a man we met on our honeymoon right after we bought it), but it's just not the best one out there. Have you seen the Travolta-Devito movie "Be Cool" trailer? (www.apple.com/trailers) In the end of the trailer, he calls his car the Cadillac of Hybrids. It's the Insight, of course. Then Devito's car pulls up. It's a sweet, but gas-guzzling ultra-sports car. He says, "Yeah, but what about speed?" And Travolta's character smiles and says, "If you're important, people will wait." I love it. ~Michelle  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Here in Virginia, USA February 01, 2005 11:06 AM

By the way, congrats on sticking to your ideals and searching out an economic, eco-friendly car in spite of the fact that Finland doesn't offer you the tax breaks and all the other perks we get over here. I believe it is true, though, that it will eventually catch on and catch up in Europe and elsewhere. Europe is normally leading the way with enviromental alternatives. Here in Northern Virginia, USA, just south of D.C., it seems like 1 in 12 cars is a hybrid of some sort, almost exclusively Civic Hybrids and Priuses. Of course, 3 in 12 are SUVs, probably, but it's getting better! I don't know what the real figures are, but that's what I've observed in my commutes. What about other places? I know in the rural town where I grew up, driving a Hybrid car is like driving a hovercraft. But hopefully that is changing too. ~Michelle  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Editorial in NoVa February 05, 2005 2:04 PM

Hey, there was an editorial in Northern VA's Potomac Newspaper about how hybrid users should not get to use the HOV-3 lanes without three people in the car, since there are just too many of them on the road. I don't really care so much about whether or not I can use the HOV-3, but I thought that was pretty cool-a sign that the Hybrid is winning the roads-when someone actually complains that there are too many of them. ~Michelle  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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