Archive for July, 2012

2012 Toyota Prius C Mileage a Mystery

Though the gas mileage of the 2012 Toyota Prius C is indeed impressive, there exists much confusion online and on the roads as to just what the correct mile-per-gallon rating actually is.

On the one hand are the white lab coats at the Environmental Protection Agency who rate the hybrid with a city mpg figure of 53, highway 46 and combined 50. Happy numbers, these are, no doubt. Moreover, these are ratings that other real drivers are achieving in their own day-to-day driving.

However, that is not the whole story, for, as is often uttered, mileage will vary.

Some folks in online Prius chat rooms are reporting ratings of as low 31 miles to the gallon. There’s even one poster who reported just 22 mpg at, ahem, 100 miles per hour. People are learning that engines that have been engineered to be efficient are especially inefficient at higher speeds.

BMW has announced that it is partnering up with Toyota to develop fuel cell vehicles. The decision ends the German automaker’s partnership with General Motors that had been in place for the same purpose. The Memorandum of Understanding between the two carmakers lays out their plans to develop a sports car making the use of electric powertrains, fuel cell technology and light-weight technology.

The fuel cells that they will work on will be hydrogen technology and lithium-ion batteries. It is also believed that they will tighten up their diesel engine technology as well. The current rumors are that BMW will fit this yet-to-be created technology into an entry-level sports car called the Z2, while its Japanese friend will use it for the hybrid offspring of the old Supra.

Toyota is thrilled that BMW has jilted GM in its favor. Speaking about this, Toyota CEO, Akio Toyoda, said, “Toyota is strong in environment-friendly hybrids and fuel cells. On the other hand, I believe BMW’s strength is in developing sports cars. I am excited to think of the cars that will result from this relationship.”