LOL .... this is gonna be REALLY
First ... you said .... back in 07 it was true just for the fact of the few numbers of prius produced which made their cost high.
Response 1 ... Really ??? So few produced ???? In 2007 187,000 Prius were SOLD in the FIRST HALF of the year .... with projections of 345,000 for the entire year. Just a couple more than your 'few' .... The Gen 1 Prius was sold in the US in the year 2000 ... hardly a low-volume newcomer by 2007. By 2008 Prius had sold 1,000,000 cars worldwide, and 1,000,000 cars in the US by April 2011. To date ... almost 3,000,000 have been sold worldwide.
Second ... you said .... And sadly, the 2010 focus beat out the 10 prius by a long shot cradle to grave again in the study. focus 55 cents a mile compared to the prius $1.89 a mile cradle to grave.
Source please ? Method of calculation please ? Equivalent model comparison ?? Doubtful. Numbers can be made to say ANYTHING depending on how you want the results to come out ... as we'll see in your arguments below, which are easily disproved.
Third .... you said .... It's actually funny how owners push their mpg (47 to 50 depending on prius model) yet fail to mention tdi vw's get far higher mileage.
Again ... source please for same year cars. As far as I know ... no US VW TDI has ever been rated higher than the Prius. According to www.fueleconomy.gov
the 2010 Prius is rated 51 City, 48 Highway, 50 combined. The 2010 Jetta TDI is rated 30 City, 41 Highway, 34 Combined. Now factor in approximately 10% extra for Diesel fuel higher cost, and we're at 27 City, 36 Highway, 30 Combined. Hmmm .... doesn't seem like your 'facts' are holding up too well so far ....
Fourth ... you said ... then theres the fiesta and focus which get 40mpg (some reported mpg higher), which costs less than the prius.
First .... the number you quote is a HIGHWAY ONLY number. Let's see what the REAL number is ..... again from www.fueleconomy.gov
Hmmmm .... 33
for the Fiesta combined .... 31
for the Focus combined. Both a far cry from your quoted 40. An equivalent Focus to the $24K Prius II would probably be a loaded SEL (Auto Climate control, one-touch auto up/down windows, keyless entry, pushbutton start, mag wheels, digital trip computer), etc, etc. Probably about
the same price. So how exactly is the EQUIVALENTLY EQUIPPED FOCUS
appreciably less than the Base Prius II, which has all the above features and more ?
Lastly ... you said .... And don't forget to mention the tax credit the prius gets, 7500 i believe?.
Well ... to put it quite bluntly .... you once again BELIEVE WRONG
. The LAST
year that the Prius got ANY
tax credit was 2007, and then it was less than $1000. Again .... easily verifiable in one of the links listed above.
Any other misinformation or distorted 'facts' you'd like to attempt ??