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in re: to the 2008 prius rumored to get 110+mpg
(2008 prius thread: http://www.superhonda.com/forum/showthread.php?t=276701 )

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB114822317355358919-lMyQjAxMDE2NDI4MTIyMjEzWj.html

Cliff notes: Toyota is pushing to shrink major hybrid components like batteries, inverters and electric motors to make them as small as one-quarter their current size in order to make the next generation Prius affordable to build in its U.S. plants.

Toyota Seeks to Improve Prius
And Plans to Produce Car in U.S.
By NORIHIKO SHIROUZU
May 22, 2006

LEXINGTON, Kentucky -- Toyota Motor Corp. is determined to improve significantly the efficiency of its Prius gasoline-electric hybrid car and produce it in the U.S., in part to defend the momentum it has built with the small car in the American market, Toyota Vice Chairman Fujio Cho said.

"Given the popularity the car has proven and given the way American consumers have snapped up the car, I have been urging the company, almost as a matter of strategy, to produce the Prius in the U.S.," Mr. Cho said.

Toyota has said it aims to sell three million cars and trucks a year in the U.S. by 2010. Mr. Cho has said that he wants to see Toyota produce about 70% to 75% of those vehicles in North America, up from about 60% now. The Japanese executive also said that if demand for Toyota's vehicles keeps up its momentum, the company will likely need to build an eighth assembly plant in North America, where it has five plants operating and another two that will come online within the next few years.

Mr. Cho also said Toyota is pushing to shrink major hybrid parts like batteries, inverters and electric motors to make them as small as one-quarter their current size. He said Toyota had considered building the current-generation Prius in the U.S., but decided against it because the components were too bulky and costly to ship from Japan. Toyota produces in Japan most of the hybrid cars it sells around the world.

To produce hybrids profitably in the U.S., Mr. Cho said, Toyota must significantly cut the size of the major hybrid components. "Even though it is a tough challenge, we've been telling our engineers to cut the size of key hybrid component systems by half, or to make them just one-quarter of their current size," Mr. Cho said.

Toyota engineers involved in the Prius's redesign said they are trying to shrink not only the size of major hybrid components but also their weight and manufacturing costs. Smaller, more compact components would also mean the redesigned Prius, expected to hit the market within the next few years, would be more affordable and boast better fuel economy.....
 

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yeah salute they really want to make lighter hybrid and lighter = more fuel efficient... typical japanese can minimize anything. from electronics to cars.
 

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dodolaje said:
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he said YOU'RE A RACIST

still don't get it? :p :p
 

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Hprelude92 said:
he said YOU'RE A RACIST

still don't get it? :p :p
just because i said japanese are that good? hm.... so okay next time i wont compliment japanese anymore...
 

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dodolaje said:
just because i said japanese are that good? hm.... so okay next time i wont compliment japanese anymore...
i think it was the word "typical" that struck a chord w/ him.
perhaps if you worded it. "most japanese companies excel at compacting complex systems." *shrug*

some of the best wines in the world come out of france. is saying the french can make great wine from cabernets to viognier racist?
 

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perhaps he mean racist as a person who is race minded/ has that racecar train of thought. well.... in that case he shoulda said racer... anyways, that's probably not the case and you probably shouldnt dwell on it either. he may not have caught the meaning behind what you said.
 

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dodolaje said:
just because i said japanese are that good? hm.... so okay next time i wont compliment japanese anymore...
Didnt you get the memo, japan isnt on top of the electronic world anymore, kinda like the US is such the big dog in cars anymore. Just stop with the stupid labels. Your post was meaningless.
 

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blackzc said:
Didnt you get the memo, japan isnt on top of the electronic world anymore, kinda like the US is such the big dog in cars anymore. Just stop with the stupid labels. Your post was meaningless.
and what do u post? complain about my post?? er...nag nag nag.. u dont like it IGNORE....

and i am sorry but i still think japan is on top in electronics.. just go to your local electronic store. china might be the cheapest.. and korea might good at copying. but japanese are very good at perfecting something.
 

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dodolaje said:
and what do u post? complain about my post?? er...nag nag nag.. u dont like it IGNORE....

and i am sorry but i still think japan is on top in electronics.. just go to your local electronic store. china might be the cheapest.. and korea might good at copying. but japanese are very good at perfecting something.

lol yea, besides computers, portable mp3 players, and speakers, japanese brands own the electronics market
 
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