What would happen if you compared first year sales in the respective home markets, and by year worldwide instead of USA specific?
- Hybrid technology concept is provenAccodring to the Wiki, the Prius US sales were as follows for the first 4 years. The Volt's 2012 total could outsell prius' 2003, it's 4th year in US. And remember, the Prius came out in Japan in 1997, so it had a history to help sales in US when it was introduced here. A running start so to speak. Over 30k sold before it hit the shores of the US.
The Prius had a different kind of competition: cheap gas.These numbers are quite interesting, and the sales growth patterns are very parallel. One factor that is going to make a major difference, however, is that the Prius didn't have real competition. The Volt does. The next few years should be fun.
Off and on, sure, but the problem with gasoline prices were the volatility, even when the Prius was first selling. I remember gas being $0.90 a gallon one year and $2.00 a gallon the next. Most people I knew complained about the shift in price more so than anything else. They didn't really start complaining about the overall price of gas until it consistently hit $4.00 a gallon.The Prius had a different kind of competition: cheap gas.
It's generally regarded that the Gen 1 Prius was sold below cost, with Toyota, in a sense, providing the large incentives through pricing.* the volt's incentives is substantially larger than the competing Prius--making a stronger negative pull on the Prius.
200,000 from each manufacturer. It's more a matter of question of whether the batteries will get cheap enough by the time the incentives run out.* will there be enough volt's to get the Tipping Point of consumers before the incentives all run out?
He's either crazy or showing just how crazy he has to act to keep the crazy Mullahs happy.* Iran's president gets exponentially crazier each year! Thus, affecting gas prices.
It depends entirely what you're trying to analyze. If we go with your premise, then it's still an "unknown" because we don't know what a Gen 2 Volt will do in the market.Comparisons against the first gen Prius are sort of moot. The Prius really didn't take off till the far superior gen II was released. When people say "look how successful the Prius has been," they mean the design used from 2003 on, and you need to start your comparisons then.
I would hardly consider the first generation Insight as competition for the Prius, though it was superior as a commuter car in almost every measurable way. It simply wasn't a car that most people could live with. Despite the Prius's anemic performance and cheap interior/amenities, it could still seat five people and carry an appreciable amount of cargo. The Insight really was purely a commuter car and nothing more.The Prius did have competition - The Honda Insight.
I have not seen an early Honda Civic Hybrid, but that is my main complaint about our 2007 version, the back seat is fixed due to the batteries being in that location. High center of gravity and terrible handling (plus no Pass-Through) are the result of that location...... I believe the back seat could fold down on the Honda, but not the Prius. ...