I Want The Toyota Prius C

Toyota Prius C (City) CenterfoldFor friend* and family, I promise that if I do purchase the Toyota Prius C, I will not think I’m better than you by choosing to only hang out with other hybrid drivers. They probably don’t want me around much either.

The new Toyota Prius C could be the hybrid that people have been waiting for and it’s set to be released in spring 2012. Like the standard Prius, the Prius C still seats 5 passengers but has a lower MSRP of just under $19k. It’s designed for start-stop city driving and that’s why its EPA fuel economy rating for city driving, 53 MPG, exceeds what you’d receive on the highway (46 MPG). Combined, the Prius C will get 50 MPG powered by a smaller version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) that produces 99 hp versus the standard model’s 134 hp. You probably wouldn’t tow a boat with either model so bring on the small.

The combination of price, fuel efficiency and the fact that Toyota’s hybrid engines are now a mature technology make the Prius C a car to seriously consider if you’re in the market for a new vehicle. [Treehugger and LATimes.com]

*Friend is intentionally singular.

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Michelin Challenge Design: The Look Of Electric Vehicles In The Future Will Be Inspired By Comic Book And Pokemon Characters

Renault Zoe ZE Electric Vehicle vs Bulbasaur Pokemon

Renault Zoe ZE Electric Vehicle vs Bulbasaur Pokemon

I also believe that children are our future, teach them well and design future cars to look like their favorite Pokemons? In my search for Jubbling stories, I came across this article on Inhabitat about this years’ Michelin Challenge Design at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The winners of Michelin’s future electric vehicle challenge (and their corresponding character) were Honda’s P-NUT (The Spawn), Renault’s Zoe ZE (Bulbasaur Pokemon) and Tata’s eMo (Nidorina Pokemon).
Honda P-NUT vs The Spawn

Honda P-NUT vs The Spawn

In our Jubbling opinion, this is great and we hope automakers borrow from whatever Pokemon, comic book or cartoon characters they want in their effort to sway future auto buyers to electric vehicles.

Tata eMO vs Nidorina Pokemon

Tata eMO vs Nidorina Pokemon

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