Mar. 23, 2010 – Tokio, Japan - Associated Press (AP) reports that today Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it will not be producing the next generation of its formerly popular Prius model, which now faces multiple recalls in US and Europe, as well as fast-changing consumer sentiment. Sales of Gen 3 Toyota Prius have been falling across US by more than 10% per months and due to continuing troubles with Toyota Prius Brakes, California class-action law-suit and review of Toyota’s actions to contain brake problems, by US Congress.
Instead of trying to rejuvenate sales of once popular, and to many, an icon car of the green movement and the most recognizable hybrid car in the world, Toyota is actively working on a new concept car that will replace the Prius, and will not be haunted by Prius’ brakes and acceleration problems.
Introducing the Toyota Bucket Car – a bold design move by Toyota engineers, uses a shape of old tin bucket, combined with Toyotas advanced power train, off-road suspension borrowed from Tacoma special edition all-terrain vehicle, powerful, yet economical engine and wide wheel base for extra stability.
The new Toyota Bucket-Car concept is designed to appeal to multiple groups of car buyers in the US and across the world. It’s round design, with superior wind resistance, will attract the Liberals, lefties and feminists, who until now, were stuck with VolksWagen Beetle, which was small, expensive and not very practical.
The truck-like suspension and wide wheels of a Bucket Car will attract hordes of red-necks from the south, cowboys, trailer-park white trash and hill-billies from the woods of New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Montana, and so on. This large group of car and light truck buyers, who usually opted for Ford F150, Dodge Ram and Chevy Silverado, will appreciate Bucket Car’s truck-like appearance, with significant fuel economy more common on a hybrid car like the Prius.
The new Toyota Bucket will feature increased luxury and comfort features, which were virtually non-existent in Gen 1 and 2 Prius, and extra utility, not common among hybrids.
Toyota Bucket interior comfort features:
Although Toyota will make a special luxury edition of its new Bucket concept, with all leather and cherry-wood trim, it also wanted to please the general public, and this advanced new hybrid concept from Toyota comes standard with 6-disc in-dash CD changer, all power options (power locks, power windows), new Easy-Clean manual windshield wipers and first time used on a production car – the advanced Bucket-Seats (TM) with built-in toilet, and complete sanitation and cleaning system and auto flush! All loads will be simply dumped on the road to reduce total car weight and improve fuel efficiency.
Toyota Bucket and the Prius brakes issues:
Because Toyota does not want any mention of Prius brakes problems, when it comes to its Bucket concept, Toyota will be using advanced brakes system with liquid and air-cooled brake pads. To avoid the emergency situations as the one that recently happened to the Gen 2 Prius in California, Toyota is implementing a pop-out Toyota Plough Brakes (TM) which will be able to reduce the Bucket’s speed from 90 mph to zero, in a mere 3 seconds. It will also provide the additional benefit to cowboys and farmers, as now, the new Toyota Bucket is also the worlds most fuel efficient tractor!
Toyota Bucket and the environment:
Toyota has implemented special new car-pool feature in the Bucket hybrid. Because of limited sitting in the Bucket (only two people can comfortably sit in the front), Toyota decided to implement the Bucket Handle (TM) which allows to hook multiple Buckets into an improvised train and literally car-pull to work. With it’s powerful engine, a mere one Bucket can pull 5 other buckets at highway speeds, without loosing fuel mileage and efficiency. This makes Bucket Pulling – the most efficient transportation method in the US, second only to biking, which uses no fuel at all, but still contributes to CO (carbon monoxide) pollution, as bikers stress their bodies to compete with bucket for first place in fuel efficiency, will pass winds left and right.
Toyota Bucket’s new powerful engine:
The new Hybrid Synergy Drive used in Toyota Bucket concept is both powerful and economic, and will make the car extremely popular among California liberals and tree-huggers alike. Toyota borrowed its new engine design from the 1920′s airplanes and combined it with its ultra advance Bucket Synergy drive, which effectively gives the Bucket a very respectful 59 city / 99 hwy per gallon mileage (note – on the highway, the Bucket can be outfitted with a front cone, which will effectively make it a Missile), or 1.33 acres of potato field plowed on a single tank of gas (13 gallons).
Overall, Toyota is very confident, that once the Prius scandal goes away, the Bucket will take significant amount of cars, trucks and hybrids market, in US, as it appeals to the wides specter of new car buyers.