There has always been something about the Toyota Prius that pissed me right off but I could never quite put my finger on what it was:
The smug self righteousness of the bastards that drive them maybe? the lies about it being a hybrid when it will actually do about four miles on the electric motor before the batteries go flat and it becomes a grossly underpowered but otherwise conventional family saloon?
The way we are told it will do 700 miles on a tankful of fuel so long as you are willing to spend four hours recharging the batteries for ever half hour you spend driving?
The duplicitous way adverts claim the car is green when in fact to obtain the raw materials needed to manufactured the batteries, heavily armed corporate thugs have driven thousands of primitive tribespeople in Ecuador or Bolivia or somewhere from land their ancestors have farmed for over a thousand years?
Is it the way the car poses as environmentally friendly when in fact making and scrapping the batteries puts loads of heavy metals and other toxic shit into the environment?
Or is it perhaps just that the latest Prius looks like a motorised turd?
When I saw an ad for the new Prius today however I was left in no doubt what makes me hate the bloody things.
Effing everything, thatís what.
Toyotaís engineers are the kind of sad, dysfunctional, cone Ė headed freaks who think because they are good at doing equations they can build a car that is cleverer than me. Toyotaís public relations people think Iím so stupid they can persuade me to believe people who are good at doing equations can build a car that is cleverer than me. Fortunately I have driven lots of cars whereas none of these people have ever driven a car as will become clear.
So letís put things in perspective. The Toyota Prius is neither clean nor green, nor is it likely to get you anywhere you need to be any quicker than you could walk there. The clever Japanese cone Ė heads who built the Prius do not know much about torque or power - to - weight ration or stuff like that but they do know about gadgets. Thus they have built the Prius with a tiny engine, an electric engine jut about powerful enough to move its own batteries and lots of gadgets. The Toyota public relations people meanwhile, by putting a positive emphasis on the carís unique selling points (a.k.a. telling lies) are sure we are so gullible we will be impressed by gadgets like this:
The Prius projects speed and navigation information onto the windscreen so you are not distracted by having to look down at the instrument panel.
Now the very last thing an experienced driver wants to see when looking at the road ahead is the odometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and sat nav screen. What we would much rather see is that forty ton truck coming towards us. It should be a no brainer to cone heads, advertising creatives and even the kind of people who would drive a motorised turd for the sake of appearing to care about the planet. But instead of spotting that little flaw in their design, Toyota have built a car that wants to kill us.
So there you have it, the only reason you will ever need to hate the Toyota Prius.
But really cars aren't the problem, we are. So Prius or no Prius will the world end in 2012 or 2030 Here's why you should bet against 2012.
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