Car of the Future Is Here Today

New Toyota Prius is exciting improvement over previous model, but some question if drivers will save any money.

Published: 03-Jan-2004

ooked weird, like a silver egg.

Neighbors often inquired what the heck kind of car Ted Emmons was driving back in 2001. It was called a Toyota Prius - and most folks hadn't even heard of the thing.

Not so today.

The 2004 Toyota Prius hit the U.S. consumer market in mid-October and is so hot that consumers in some areas are willing to sign up on waiting lists - some as long as four months - to get the gasoline-electric hybrid that boasts 51 miles per gallon on the freeway and 60 in the city.

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