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USA: Comparing Early Criticism of Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt

How’s the Chevrolet Volt similar to the original Toyota Prius that debuted in the US back in 2000? A dozen years ago, the Prius was considered by some to be a revolutionary vehicle, years ahead of its time. However, critics said the Prius was so strange or extreme or ugly or whatever, that it would forever be a flop. Fast forward to today. Some 2.5 million-plus sales later, the Toyota Prius is considered a major success, that has spawned an entire family of vehicles.

In the early days, the Prius was the subject of intense debate and ridicule, much the way the Chevy Volt is today. Daily Finance turned up some quotes worth reviewing:

1: “With most subsidies, the government pays someone to produce something that no one wants to buy. But what happens when the government pays people to buy something that no one wants to produce?”

2: “Taxpayers are rightly grumpy about ponying up a … subsidy on a car that is generally priced around [no clues!]. People who will spend [that much] for a small four-passenger car don’t need a subsidy.”



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