Toyota has gone to great lengths to make their flagship hybrid conspicuously ugly.
Don’t worry, we will all notice you if you buy one but it will take you years to make up the difference in price versus a similar mileage compact car and hybrids are widely known to come nowhere near stated EPA mileage estimates.
So if you want to buy a Toyota Prius to make some sort of “look at me I’m greenier than you” statement, go right ahead.
…but don’t ask the rest of us to pay for it.
David Sandalow, the Department of Energy’s assistant secretary for policy and international affairs, said that changes will be made in order that the current credit can be claimed by dealers or others. He said that the consumers will be made to benefit from the credit, saying that this incentive will be more effective this way than if it is applied against income tax returns (which may mean waiting up to a year).
Cash for Clunkers and Cash for Your Fridge were both busts. Cash for Ugly Cars is a bad idea too.
Please Mr. President, don’t incent others to uglify the environment with those homely little loafs and get back to work creating jobs so more people can buy new cars.