No additional hybrid-engine vehicles will be marketed until next year, when the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute SUVs will be introduced, to be followed in 2005 by GM’s Saturn Vue SUV and the Silverado and Sierra in a complete hybrid-engine configuration. The new Prius is projected to deliver about 55 mpg, and the Vue 40 mpg. Toyota said over the weekend that its U.S. dealers have received 17,000 sold orders for the 2004-model Prius. January-September sales of the Toyota hybrid-powertrain sedan rose 33.5 percent from the 2002 nine-month period to 14,598 in the U.S. —Mac Gordon
2004 Toyota Prius by John Pearley Huffman (8/25/2003)
As close as Toyota comes to making a Ferrari.
FROM THE SOURCE headlines from the latest press releases
Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced this past spring that highway fatalities had increased from 2001 to 2002, and that the increase in vehicle occupant deaths was “mostly attributable to SUVs,” the public has been led to wrong conclusions about SUV safety. SUVs and other light trucks were named as the main culprits for the increase in deaths, with rollovers being a major factor in the higher number of fatalities. But the data was incomplete, as the increase in number of deaths does not take into consideration the parallel increase in vehicle miles traveled or the number of vehicles on the road. In fact, there were an estimated three million more SUVs on the road in 2002 over 2001, and more of a particular type of vehicle on the road translates to a higher frequency of everything related to that vehicle — from vehicle miles traveled to fatalities to the number of cup holders.
Ralph V. Gilles and Michael F. Milad, two Chrysler Group executives, will be honored by the Automotive Hall of Fame 2003 with the Young Leadership and Excellence Awards. They will be inducted to the Automotive Hall of Fame as two of four Young Leadership and Excellence recipients tonight during the annual Automotive Fame Induction and Awards Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan.
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