Monday, 31 July 2006

Prius: Look at me!

Jeremy Clarkson puts the boot into the Toyota Prius, the hippy 'hybrid car' that equates 'good for the environment' with the words slow, fat and ugly, and in the process skewers the motive for so much environmentalist hand-waving.
Saving polar bears, of course, is not the point of a hybrid car. The point is not to save the planet but to be seen trying. I saw a Prius in California the other day with the registration plate “Hug Life” and that’s what the car does. It says to other road users, “Hey. I’ve spent a lot of money on this flimsy p.o.s. and I’m chewing a lot of fuel too. But I’m making a green statement.”

Think of it, then, as a big metal beard, a pair of open-toed sandals with wheels, David Cameron with windscreen wipers.
Anybody want to 'fess up to owning a Prius? Perhaps you've just bought it to use as a backup generator?

LINK: Jeremy Clarkson column - Times Online [hat tip Marcus Bachler]
Prius as backup generator - Ryan.Freebern.Org

RELATED: Environment, Humour


  1. Coincidently I was reading this theory today.
    This asserts that Oil originates from natural phenomena occuring at the earths mantle and crust and not from dead dinosaurs.
    Importantly this reaction makes Oil a replenishing commodity.
    The jury is still out bt it is worth significant study.

  2. I'm afraid every time I hear the name "Prius" I think of this ...

    pri·a·pism, n.

    Persistent, usually painful erection of the penis, especially as a consequence of disease and not related to sexual arousal.

    (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

  3. Sales are down in the UK, news of some rather exhorbitant battery failures and very poor resale value isn't helping.

    Toyota deserve credit for the technology which will just get better, and for being able to sell them to idiots.

  4. I hear Dick Hubbard drives a Prius.


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