Misleading articles about Prius Prime

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  1. john1701a

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    This is the second article from this source to write something misleading about Prius Prime...

    Toyota Prius Prime: How EV Both Impresses And Disappoints At The Same Time : Tech : iTech Post

    Last week, it was a comparison to Volt. Only thing is, the title mentioned Prius Prime. The article itself was about the regular model. Mix-ups can happen for a variety of reasons. But with today's article, there's no excuse.

    It started with outdated claims of 122 MPGe and 22 miles. That seemed innocent enough, until I encountered about claim with: "stuck in the middle of nowhere without a charge". The writer was clueless and had spread FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) in response. To make matters worse, another publication has already picked up the article.

    I was left scratching my head, wondering what the heck the writer was thinking. Even with mention of having an engine, the concept of a plug-in hybrid is not understood... as the result is the spread of misleading information.

    Read what's written carefully and share your impressions. Notice no mention of the MPG rating? The conclusion of "Best scenario is to only drive it around small cities and not think of driving it around back roads or on expressways." will leave you feeling troubled.
     
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    tis the state of 'journalism' today, unfortunately. fortunately, i don't think many people read car journals. the vast majority of buyers know what they want before shopping.

    p.s., the article was obviously written by someone for whom english is not their first language, and there might be translation problems as well.
    if you click on the 'about us' link, they claim their news bureaus are in manhattan and san francisco. but that writer is obviously not well versed in english either. i'm guessing asian or middle eastern, it reads like a toyota owners manual.
     
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    I also saw this, it is really disturbing. My Google News profile offers me papers like this.
     
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    I sent them a request for a retraction, with a detailed explanation.
     
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    It's very sad when reporters make mistakes like this.
    It takes VERY little research to understand that a plugin-hybrid can't get "stuck" because it runs out of charge.
    Similar claims have been made about other plugins.

    All we can do is continue to educate people.
     
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    Calling this mistakes is very very mild and friendly...
     
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    "There are better options. The Chevrolet Volt can run a maximum of 53-miles on batteries, which is twice than what the Prius Prime can get you. Although the charging time of the Volt takes up to 13 hours, users may take this instead since it gives better reliability in real world driving."

    Doesn't that say everything about that article.....
     
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    I saw that the comments over there express the same as this thread, so hopefully those that read it won't believe it.
     
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    lost in translation...
     
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    The difference between ignorance and apathy?
    I don't know, and I don't care.

    As opposed to Jeremy Clarkson: mean-spirited, purposely misleading.
     
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    Well, they finally removed it. They sent me an email saying they removed it "due to fact problem".
     
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    they couldn't locate any?
     
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