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 |  Nov 12 2012, 12:02 PM

Toyota Prius

We know what you’re saying, “The Toyota Prius? This is supposed to be a list of the top 10 cars of all time!” Well, it is and no, this is not a mistake. Like it or not hybrids are important and they’re here to stay.

So what’s the significance of the Prius? Well, for starters it was the world’s first mass-produced battery-electric vehicle. Introduced in 1997, this homely little fuel miser has gone on to become a hit around the world.

In the U.S. alone the company sold more 200,000 of them through October. That makes it Toyota’s third most-popular model in America after the first-place Camry and the runner-up Corolla.

Prius is Latin for “to go before,” and this hypermiling hatchback certainly has. It’s spurred the competition on to offer their own hybrid vehicles. Companies from Ford to Kia now sell cars with electrified powertrains.

Now in its third generation, the success of the original Prius has spawned a variety of other models. Buyers can choose from a smaller version, the Prius C, a larger model in the form of the Prius V and even a plug-in variant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kostas.kritsilas.1 Kostas Kritsilas

    The Veyron was included as one of the 10 most important cars? I don’t understand that. It is such a limited production vehicle, and the technologies used in it are nowhere near usable on any other vehicle. If you want an important sports car that has had significant influence on the cars of today, how about the Lamborghini Muira, the first mid-engined volume production car? Its influence can be seen in cars from any number of manufacturers from Ferrari (many), Audi (R8), Pontiac (Fiero), Ford (Pantera and GT40), almost all Lamborghinis since the Muira), Maserati (Bora and Merak), and on and on. The Veyron itself uses the same layout.

    Kostas

  • Urbanwheelman

    How can the title have the most obvious of spelling errors. Importat?  Tsk. Tsk.

  • Rod

    “The Bugatti Veyron is none of this…”
    Yeah, and it’s damn ugly, too.

  • Guest

    Most disappointing list ever.

  • prius04

    The $250 price you quote for the Model T has no context.   In 1927 the average weekly wage was $30 a week or so.  Thus it took about 8 weeks to afford the car.  Today the average weekly wage is about $800 so after 8 weeks you would have about $6500.  This shows it would still be quite cheap but you would have better context.

  • Calvin_guest

    Worst list of anything that Ive ever seen ever. die. die slowly.

  • Op Industries_1

    How did the Volvo 240 “brick” not make this list??

  • Mick

    To add to the Airflow’s importance, the first car Toyota ever made was basically a copy of the Chrysler: the Toyota AA.