Dec 12, 2008

Will the Big 3 ever top the Prius?

The poster child of fuel economy
I’m an advocate for the Chevy Volt. The Volt and, more important, the E Flex Drive powering the Volt, demonstrate that GM is preparing for the future.
Unfortunately, however, 100,000 Volts per year is still many years away. In fact, even though the 3rd generation of the Toyota Prius is set to launch next year, Toyota will probably be rolling out the 4th generation Prius by the time GM is ready to start producing 100,000 Volts per year. By then the Hybrid Synergy Drive powering the Prius will be vastly different than today’s version.

Which will be better? Which will be more cost-effective?

On the other hand, Chrysler….well, I don’t even know what to say about Chrysler.

Fortunately, Ford’s new hybrid powertrain represents some hope, and early Fusion hybrid reports indicate that Ford has a hit on its hands, maybe. With plans to only produce 25,000 Fusion hybrids next year, it’s hard not to be a bit concerned. Likewise, why didn’t Ford roll out its new hybrid powertrain in a unique, hybrid-only vehicle? Thus, I cannot help but wonder if Ford’s new hybrid powertrain is cost-effective, for instance. Still, Ford is a wild card.

So, will the Big 3 ever top the Prius? I don’t know, but if it does happen, it won’t be any time soon.