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Gas Saver – Buying a Hydrogen Booster Vs. a Prius


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So, you’re about to purchase a new Prius because it’s a hybrid gas saver – maybe you’ve never even heard of a hydrogen booster. A new Prius hybrid sounds like a great plan because of all the money you’ll be saving on gas, right? Hey, we aren’t here to judge, but did you know the Prius has gone over 60,000 vehicles sold? This is great news for the car manufacturer, but bad news for you. Why? Well, unfortunately, once they reached this mark that energy tax credit you were hoping for just went out the window.

Hey, we aren’t trying to burst anyone’s bubble. We just like you to know some things that others may not like to tell you about a gas saver. The point is there are several individuals wanting to purchase a Prius based on the tax benefit because when they got that return, guess where it would have gone? Yep, towards those ridiculously large car payments. One of the biggest downfalls to purchasing a new hybrid vehicle like the Prius is the cost.

In order to save money at the pump, you have to shell out thousands of dollars. This means it will take years to actually get any savings at all, especially if you are paying interest on the payments. Then there are those of us who don’t have the money to be spending on a brand new fuel saver car. With the economy the way it is right now, who wants to keep spending money? Even the economic stimulus checks were a stalling tactic. All we can say is it’s time to take matters into your own hands and look at the alternatives.

A year ago, a hydrogen booster diy fuel saver was just another thing on the internet trying to compete with everyone else. No one seemed too interested because eventually the cost of gas would go down as the war in Iraq continued. To everyone’s surprise, gas kept rising and is now hitting the $4 a gallon plateau all around the country. Since October of 2007, the demand for gas saver hydrogen boosters has been enormous. We imagine in the months to come it will only get bigger.

However, millions of people still aren’t aware of how a hydrogen booster can change your lifestyle. Instead of working to pay for gas, why not go back to paying for gas so you can get to work? Get the tax breaks you’ve been looking for by installing a hydrogen booster. Just for hooking this up to your vehicle, you’ll receive a $2,000 IRS break for using a clean burning automobile. According to one hydrogen booster website, larger vehicles like buses can claim up to $50,000. Then you would be able to go out and buy that Prius right?

The question is whether or not you want to spend years trying to recoup your investments purchasing a new Prius hybrid. We came across an interesting piece that said you would have to drive almost 47,000 miles just to start seeing savings on gas, based on average driving. Not sure if you want to spend the time doing that considering there is another gas saver option where you can save money right now. Whatever you decide to do, we hope this article has at least given you some options you were unaware of before.

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Toyota Prius Hybrid Overview


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Any consumer looking to purchase a hybrid vehicle knows the name Toyota Prius Hybrid, and knows that it is the foremost and oldest hybrid vehicle on the market. When I say old, though, I don’t mean decrepit. On the contrary, this particular hybrid looks as sleek as the name sounds, a futuristic look that is sleek and new. This particular hybrid was the first released to the public in 1997, and has remained one of the more distinctive, well-known hybrids. An initial look at the Prius shows the car’s unique upright headlights, the interestingly functional and trendy bonnet and bumpers, showing just how unique the vehicle is. Even if you were to completely ignore the unique look of the vehicle, though, no matter how head-turning it may seem, the Toyota Prius is still one of the absolutely most intriguing hybrid vehicles available now.

The very history of the Toyota Prius is quite interesting. In 1994, the concerns of environmentalists on fuel emissions and pollution led the Japanese Toyota Motor Corporation to develop a car that would be stylish, sophisticated, and also deal with these environmental concerns. The first and immediate plan from the manufacturing team at Toyota was that of a hybrid engine. Now, while it was a noble endeavour, the first hybrid engine had a slew of problems, and so an additional three years were given so that the design could be approved for construction and later produced for the market.

It wouldn’t be until December of 1997 that the Prius Hybrid was ready for production, and the vehicle premiered to a market that was desperately seeking an eco-friendly car. In fact, the major issue of the Prius had previously been issues with the battery’s longevity, and now that it had been solved, the current Prius hybrid cars contain batteries that are able to last around seven to ten years. Unfortunately, though, the hope was that with hybrid cars, the batteries would be able to last much longer than they currently can, in order to make the vehicle as useful as possible.

In Japan, the Toyota Prius took off as an immediate hit, and that prompted the company to decide that marketing the hybrid in offshore markets would be much more profitable, as countries, especially the U.S., were looking for eco-friendly vehicles. The problem was that while the US market wanted these eco-friendly vehicles that had boosted car sales in Japan, the general population was unaware of most of the benefits that the Prius could offer. As a result, the car was resigned in 2004 and this gained interest from the US market. Technically using a marketing perspective, the car was a financial success, as well as leading the way for other hybrid vehicles.

In the creation of the Prius, Toyota created its very own treasure trove, an investment that would last the company. This hybrid was a breakthrough in automotive technology, and because it was so successful in the US, it set the bar that other hybrids have had to compete again, even amongst other Toyotas. Considering the name itself, Prius, which is Latin for “going before,” this car certainly is a true predecessor for all other hybrids, and each one of them should seek to improve off of this vehicle.

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2008 Toyota Prius – Affordable Midsize Car


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Ft. Lauderdale, FL – AutoUSA, America’s best source for online customers, is pleased to announce that the brand new 2008 Toyota Prius is an affordable midsize car in the market today.

The brand new 2008 Toyota Prius is a favorite gas electric hybrid vehicle and remains at the top of its class for fuel economy and reliability. It’s a midsize hatchback sedan available in 3 body styles namely Standard, Base and Touring.

The 2008 Toyota Prius delivers exceptional fuel efficiency and has radically less environmental impact, all this without compromising on performance or comfort. Its hybrid synergy drive system is powered by a 76-horsepower, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. The 2008 Toyota Prius produces 110 combined horsepower with its gas engine and electric motor.

All Toyota Prius models are equipped with standard exterior and interior features. For safety, there are seat-mounted side-impact air bags as well as side curtain air bags. Front seatbelts come with pretensioners and force limiters. The Prius also has front air bags and three-point seatbelts for all rear-seating positions. Anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, traction control, and electronic brake-force distribution all combine to ensure safety to all passengers within the vehicle. Vehicle stability control is optional.

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Toyota’s Prius — is the Hybrid Technology Worth the Extra Cost?


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The Prius embodies Toyota’s motto, “Moving Forward.” They designed the Prius to be a step up in the car world, rather than a step toward awkwardness, as I would expect from any environmentally conscious car. The car looks and feels special. People notice the difference in appearance and realize that the whole motivation for the car is different.

The people have cried out for relief from rising gas prices. They have sought after something that doesn’t destroy the environment. Toyota has answered the people with their gas/electric hybrid, the Prius.

The Prius gets an average of 45 mpg in the city as well as on highways. People with lead feet complain that this car gives them no better gas mileage then a regular car, but this is because gas usage depends very much on the driver, how he or she works the gas pedal. The driver can ensure the best possible gas mileage by watching the screen mounted on the dashboard.

It is disputable whether or not additional cost for the hybrid technology is worth the money saved in gas expenditure. The car costs at least five thousand more than the average Toyota sedan to begin with. Then there is an additional seven to eight thousand dollar cost when the battery wears out. The battery’s warrantee comes to an end after one hundred thousand miles.

The car is trim and slim, easy to fit into small spaces. Unfortunately, the leg room is a bit wanting for the driver’s side in particular. I don’t understand why they didn’t allow the front seats to slide back any further. This is one of the few misgivings I have about the Prius.

So would you rather give your money to gas companies who are deliberately raising gas prices because they know there is nothing you can do about it, or would you rather support Toyota who is putting forth effort to give you a choice in the matter? Assuming I’ll break even in car payments vs. gas prices, I would rather support Toyota.

Toyota’s Prius also includes keyless entry and push button start. As long as the key is in your pocket, the car will sense this and unlock the car. Same thing goes for starting the car. As long as the key is in your pocket, just push the button and the car will start. The keyless key also makes it impossible to lock your keys in the car.

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Prius Accessories


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The automobile industry has made some dramatic achievements since the last decade. This industry has given us many advanced technologies that are used in the vehicles to give it a modern shape. This recent advancement has brought many changes to the different mechanical parts of the car and has given birth to a new technology called hybrid technology. JuicedHybrid.com is an online community web site which specializes in hybrid car parts and accessories. People buying hybrid cars get frustrated of searching or the spare parts of the vehicle. So this company helps the people with its online store to sell some of the rarest kinds of parts of the hybrid vehicle. One who has visited the site tells that the prices are highly competitive and people can search for their best products and compare the prices with other items. This company provides the best prius parts which are besting the quality.

There are many different kinds of accessories available in this website. The first is Prius bumper protector. When we load or unload some of our luggage from the car the rear bumper may get scratched. So is the bumper protector. This is made on the Toyota models and has an adhesive like strip which fit firmly on the bumper and prevent it form scratching. Prius window deflectors- These side window deflectors help in reducing the heat of the interiors and also help to decrease the noise of the wind. The material is generally of high quality and has been brought from Germany. This deflector comes in a set of four and has no external adhesive. Prius front end mask- This is a very unique accessory of the hybrid cars that protects the front panel of the vehicle and also gives much sporty look to the car. It comes in a variety of colors.

The other items on the website are- Prius All Weather Mats – These accessories give a shield to the body of the car and protects it from awful weather conditions. The splash guards offer a kind of cover to the wheels and gives protection to the body against mud. Floor mats also fall in this category and protects the interiors giving a very authentic look. Prius cargo liner- When ever we carry some type of cargo in our car, it is obvious that the carpet might get torn or covered with grease and dust by the cargo, so this cargo liner is made form imported plastic and protects the floor of the car from wear and tear. There is also some gas saving products that boosts the mileage o the car. We can also find other mall accessories for the website. Prius Receiver Hitch- These are special items which are connected to the vehicle to carry some cargoes like bicycles and other heavy loads. They are also made form very high quality materials. The online shopping system of the site is very safe, if we have a pay pal account we can go for online shopping easily. We will get free shipping on shopping over a certain amount or more.

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Prius Delievers Slow Relief at the Pump


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In the ironic words of Kermit the Frog, “it isn’t easy being green”. The irony is noted by our present day efforts to conserve energy or in other words become “green”. The notion behind this movement is fueled by two variables: cost and the well being of our global environment. As gas prices at the pump skyrocket, the demand for better gas mileage rises. Also, as fears of global warming start to materialize, the demand of a “green” vehicles rise as well. We have seen automobile manufacturers, who produce hybrids, capitalize on this sellers market, created by the two variables above. Toyota Motor Corporation has been marketing to our fears and petrol price woes with the Prius for just about seven years now in the US. Has the existence of the Prius over the past seven years placated our fears? Many of us would like to think so, especially those of you who are Prius owners. However, the sad truth is that it falls short of the marketed claims, producing unsatisfactory results across the board.

Let us first look at gasoline consumption. The 2007 Prius receives 46 miles per gallon and wears this stat like a green badge of honor. This means that the 11.9 gallon fuel tank on the Prius only needs to be topped off about twice every four weeks (based on the national average automobiles that are driven 12,000 miles per year). Thus, the Prius consumes only $1,043.48 in gasoline per year, with a price per gallon of $4.00. How can these savings be unsavory? Would less gas equate to greater gas savings? It sure would, but let us enter a common scenario. Recent economic conditions force you to cut your costs. Your current car is a gas-guzzling Hummer H2. You decide the best route to go is trade in for a mid sized sedan. Instantly you think “Toyota” and find the 2007 Prius and the 2007 Camry your best two options. Standing on the lot, we see the sticker price and MPG. The Camry shows a base price of $18,085.00 and a total of 24 MPG. On the other side of the balance we have the Prius. With 46 MPG and a base price of $23,730.00, it is hard to tell which automobile will be the most cost efficient.

To help turn this into an effortless decision, I have constructed a schedule of cost comparison between our two prospective cars. The equation used to forecast these costs is Approximate Miles Driven per year/ MPG = Total Gallons Used. To convert this into a dollar figure, multiply Total Gallons Used by the Price of Fuel. This yields the average cost of fuel each vehicle will consume yearly. The average cost of fuel is then added to the sticker price of the vehicle. The schedule will illustrate the cost of purchasing and fueling of each car, allowing us to simply compare and contrast.

Model Prius Camry

Base

Price $23,730 $18,085

Year

1 24,773.48 20,085.00

2 25,816.96 22,085.00

3 26,860.43 24,085.00

4 27,903.91 26,085.00

5 28,947.39 28,085.00

6 29,990.87 30,085.00

* Using 12,000 miles driven per year and $4.00 per gallon. Both models are taken from 2007

The schedule clearly displays the Camry holding the cost advantage over the Prius for the first five years. It is not until the 6th year that exceptionally high gas mileage of the Prius starts to off set the cost. If you are cost conscious, you will most likely decide to finance the Camry for five years and look to trade it in after it is paid off. Or maybe you are environmentally conscious, and it is not the cost that motivates your decision but consumption of gasoline. The person with the “green” mindset would opt for the Prius, but are there hidden environmental infractions committed by the Prius?

The environmentalist who decides on the Prius is only thinking in terms of personal consumption, which is displayed in the schedule above. A true tree hugger would be concerned about total energy consumption, which accounts for all energy used in producing, consuming, and disposing of a product. The Prius boasts high gas mileage, but what it saves in petroleum consumption, it wastes in production. As we know, hybrids consist of an internal combustion engine and a battery powered electric motor. The battery is made from Nickel that is mined in Sudbury, Ontario and smelted a short distance from the mines. The smelting process produces large amounts of sulfur dioxide, directly causing highly concentrated acid rain to fall in the surrounding area. The acid rain has destroyed the surrounding wilderness leaving in its wake a barren waste land with no sign of life. Moreover, NASA often uses this barren area to test and train astronauts in moon buggy maneuver, since the outskirts of Sudbury, Ontario sharply resembles the landscape found on the moon.

Not only is the Prius’ manufacturing pollution one of the worst in the automotive industry, but the smelted nickel goes on a petroleum dependant journey that travels over 10,000 miles. Transported by diesel locomotive and container ship, the amount of fuel used in this stage of production seems to fade the luster Toyota Motor Corporation painted on the Prius and its performance.

Ask Toyota if it is easy being “green”. I am willing to bet their answer would be similar to our proverbial green profits’ ironic statement above. It seems we can not overcome barriers of energy consumption; we restrict energy consumption in one area and double consumption in other areas, allowing companies like Toyota, to hide behind their green badge of marketability gold. Prius brightly displays this badge, but now we find it is just a façade erected by the marketing department, with one objective: to influence public perception before they have a chance to hear or read an article like this.

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Toyota Prius Hybrid Exterior and Interior Review


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Exterior

The most important thing about the Toyota Prius to look at is the fact that driving this particular hybrid is a fashion statement all of its own. At least 57% of Prius owners seem to think that the fashion statement is a good one, and the exterior of the car only helps aid that argument. At first glance, the exterior lends the opinion that the Prius is a great car, and when you look closer, the Prius’s exterior characteristics are quite intricate and outstanding.

Reviewers and experts alike have given the Prius fantastic rankings and scores just based on the Prius’s exterior. Considering how sleek and stylish most hybrid cars look, being able to win them out for style has shown that the exterior must have some major kudos to turn that many heads.

First of all, the Toyota Prius is not at all a vehicle designed simply for one purpose. No, the Prius was definitely designed to impress its audience, as well as create its own fashion statement that is loud and visible. Like the Chevy Tahoe, another hybrid vehicle, the Prius’s body is designed to reduce wind resistance, allowing the car to move faster and smoother on the road. A particular design, the Kammback design, was developed to help reduce air resistance and the very shape of the car has a low coefficient drag and is functionally and aesthetically pleasing.

Oddly enough, the Toyota Prius has actually prompted its own jargon, such as the rise of “Prius politics,” wherein a driver often purchases a hybrid car so that they can show off. The car’s exterior is incredibly unique and innovative, and so the Prius is easily identifiable by the style and make of the vehicle, and not nearly as much for the fuel-efficiency that the vehicle boats. Granted, the Prius is still a green car, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so drivers who buy the Prius are not only making a fashion statement, but are also helping to make the country more eco-friendly.

In dealing with hybrids, tires are just as important as the rest of the vehicle, and in the case of the Prius, this is no different. The tires used on the Prius are much better at reducing friction while on the road, given a lower rolling resistance. Thankfully, not only are the tires better with resistance, but they also have a firmer grip on the road, making driving much safer and easier to handle.

Who is the Prius for? The Toyota Prius is for the driver interested in contributing to the reduction of environmental issues. Yet, for the majority of Prius drivers, this vehicle is still a fashion status, and the Prius can be seen as a badge of social ranking as well. In fact, most know that Prius’s are not cheap vehicles, but what sells the Prius even through the price tag is that the exterior just looks that good. If considering a Toyota Prius, the reasons you’re probably doing so are for picking fuel-efficient and a stylish vehicle.

Interior

The basic construction of the Prius utilizes very lightweight materials, and the actually driving experience and the seating arrangement for the passengers is a great compliment to the car. The design for the car is that of a D-segment which means the Prius has plenty of room for driving and riding comfortably. In fact, the interior makes for a very pleasant and cosy ride.

The rear seats can deal with a 60:40 split or completely fold flat, making storage much easier in what seems like a smaller vehicle. In this car, luggage storage won’t be problematic. The Prius’s front seats are based on being of hip-point height to reduce stressful body positioning, enabling a much more comfortable ride. This height makes getting in and out of the car much easier and much more comfortable. I don’t know about you, but I like being able to actually move around after I get into the car.

The Prius hybrid’s interior design is based on being able to utilize a higher position to drive by. This particular positioning is better for the driver by enhancing visibility and comfort. The instrumentation and control panel in the interior give easier control over many of the features. Buttons and controls are all centralized right at the driver’s fingertips around the steering wheel so that you don’t have to stretch across the car anymore just to change the radio station. Even some of the engine’s features are now controllable by the dashboard.

There is no mistaking that Toyota has given a great deal of time and consideration in order to create a comfortable and worthwhile control panel and interior. Many of the design features and technological benefits, such as being able to integrate the Bluetooth cell phone interface, make driving the Prius much safer, convenient and enjoyable experience.

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What does a snow flake outline mean on the display of a 2007 Prius?


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My 2007 Prius has a type 3 display. In ENERGY MONITOR mode, the outside temperature is shown in the upper right corner in an oblong box. Sometimes this box is replaced by a snow flake shaped box for a second or two. It never stays on long enough for me to read it or understand why it changed. What purpose does the snow flake serve? Under what circumstances does it change or change back?

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What is the best way to condition a Prius battery?


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Is there a set of driving habits that leave the Prius battery in best condition? If so, are these habits complimentary with best practice of driving for high mileage?


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The 4 Best Toyota Cars


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Toyota has existed in the automotive industry since the 1930s. These automotive manufacturing giants have gained great popularity throughout the years. The reason behind Toyota’s popularity is the reliability of the automobiles they’ve manufactured.Toyota vehicles are preferred worldwide due to their very low maintenance costs, top class interiors, eye catchy exteriors and the perfect aerodynamics. There are four very popular cars currently produced by Toyota. Let’s review these models and the outstanding features of the ‘4 Best Toyota Cars’.

1. The Spacious Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is well known for its riding comfort. The very generous leg room and the spacious design makes the Camry the most ideal car for long trips. Not only is the Toyota Camry spacious but it’s powerful too. Though it is a family Sedan, the Camry’s engine is highly powered. This powerful engine is extremely quiet and you won’t feel any vibration inside the cabin. The Toyota Camry also comes in hybrid options too. The Camry is really an attention grabber. The excellent headlight assembly and the fog lamps make the front end of the car look magnificent. Great riding comfort with a powerful engine and great looks makes Toyota Camry a great value-for-money vehicle.

2. The Compact Hatchback – Toyota Matrix

The Toyota Matrix is a product manufactured by the joint venture of two automotive giants – Toyota and General Motors. With lots of safety features and great looks, the Matrix is the best Hatchback available today. Though the older models of the Matrix lacked power; the innovative Matrix XRS comes with a very powerful engine. With the inclusion of a sporty suspension and a five speed gear box, the Toyota Matrix XRS offers great riding comfort. Though the Toyota Matrix is a bit disappointing in terms of acceleration, the fuel efficiency will keep owners of the Matrix delighted. There is a superior model of Matrix to be released in 2009.

3. The Mid-Sized Hybrid Car – Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius is the first mass produced hybrid car on the planet. This hybrid car has won many awards. The popularity of Toyota increased greatly with the launch of the Prius. The innovative design of the Toyota Prius makes it one of the most futuristic cars ever produced by Toyota or any other company. The egg shaped profile of the Prius is really eye catchy. With sufficient acceleration and low emissions, the Prius is the best family car from Toyota.

4. The Perfect Sedan –Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is the best selling car today. The Toyota Corolla has taken many forms since its introduction in 1968 – a sedan, a coupe, a hatchback and a wagon. With great pricing, excellent fuel efficiency, fabulous looks, and enormous power, the modern-day Toyota Corolla is the most perfect sedan available on the market today. Statistics show that a Corolla is sold somewhere in this world every 40 seconds.

The Toyota Dealerships

One of the best Toyota dealerships in the United States is located just minutes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find all Toyota manufactured vehicles, ranging from cars to trucks, at Greensburg Toyota. There are classy used Toyota cars for sale too if you cannot afford to buy a new Toyota. You must look for the best when it comes to buying used or new Toyota vehicles from a Toyota dealership. Greensburgtoyota.com, with its huge selection of Toyota vehicles, should be the first place you check out when buying used or new Toyota cars and trucks in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. With the interactive search tools provided at their website, choosing the best Toyota vehicle, the one that best suits your preferences and requirements, is a breeze!

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