Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Windsor, Ontario
smc1377 - Unless the guy works for Toyota, the website is most definitly not his (it's Toyota's website, it's all to do with their different advancements
cobra65 - As I said earlier, VW still makes diesel versions of almost all their cars (the only exception being the Phaeton), and as FredB has pointed out, they've gotten considerably better. I've driven a Jetta TDi, and you have to pay attention to tell that it's a diesel. It's fairly quiet, it doesn't belch fumes (well, at least you can't see them anymore, and they've apparantly gotten much cleaner, I'd be interested to see how they compare to gasoline emmissions).
FredB - I agree that technological gadgetry isn't neccesarily a good thing (I'm still a little irked at the keyless ignition in the C6 Corvette), but at least in the case of hybrids, it is serving a specific purpose. In addition, as I'm interpreting it, hybrids are essentially the combination of many technologies which we've been using for years. It will undoubtedly be expensive when something breaks, but, on the other hand, I think we can expect (like any new technology) to see the prices on these items drop in the following years. It will be interesting to see how diesels and hybrids advance in North America.