I stopped to talk with a guy
I stopped to talk with a guy yesterday who was driving a 2008 Highlander Hybrid with MFG plates. When I said that I was waiting for RAV4 hybrid he just smiled and said "that may be showing up sooner than you might think". I have no idea who he was or what his job is, but I thought it was interesting. Probably means nothing, but we can always hope...
I Too am waiting and waiting
I Too am waiting and waiting for a hybrid small RAV 4 as I have the 97 model and love it, but would love even more the hybrid version. Does anyone know who at Toyota we can contact about considering putting the small Rav 4 into a hybrid?? I agree with some of the posts. Most of us live in a city, in an apartment and cannot search the city (I live in LA, too big) an electrical plug, that might be why the EV didn't do as well. THere are many many single women or single people who don't have kids, but want the room, power and convenience of a SMALL SUV as opposed to a large HIghlander SUV. By the way, that Highlander hybrid really doesn't have that great a gas mileage. AND instead, they came out with a BIGGER Rav4, as if they don't already have a million models of large SUVSs out there! We need to think more like Europe, smaller and more efficient.
If you want to let the auto
If you want to let the auto makers know what you want, the best avenue is their corporate customer support. Here are the numbers for all of the big guys:
Chevrolet (800) 222-1020
Ford (800) 392-FORD (or 800-392-3673)
Ford Motor Company, Customer Relationship Center, PO Box 6248, Dearborn, Michigan 48126
Honda (800) 999-1009
Honda Automobile Customer Service, 1919 Torrance Boulevard, Mail Stop: 500 - 2N - 7D
Torrance, CA 90501-2746
Nissan (800) NISSAN-1 (or 800-647-7261)
Nissan Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 685003, Franklin TN 37068-5003
Mercedes-Benz USA (800) FOR-MERCEDES or (1-800-367-6372)
Customer Assistance Center, 3 Paragon Drive, Montvale, N.J. 07645
Mitsubishi (888) MITSU2007 (or 888-648-7820)
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., PO Box 6014, Cypress, CA 90630-0014
Saturn (800) 553-6000
Customer Assistance Center , 100 Saturn Parkway, MD-371-999-S24, Spring Hill, TN 37174
Subaru of America (800) SUBARU3 (or 800-782-2783) | email
Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Plaza, P.O. Box 6000, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-6000
Attn: Customer/Dealer Services
Toyota (800) 331-4331
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. 19001 South Western Ave. Dept. WC11, Torrance, CA 90501
Thanks to Plug-in America for pulling these all together.
Amen and Thank You. I was
Amen and Thank You. I was surprised and appalled at Toyota injecting steroids into their RAV4 lineup. It is the perfect model for them to go hybrid with next.
Add me to the RAV4 Hybrid
Add me to the RAV4 Hybrid list. this is a pretty good site showing what's on the horizon in the hybrid mkt. no sign of the rav4. they're no dummies at toyota - there's more $ to be made in with the highlander. just a matter of time b4 the rav4 H arrives.
My 2004 Rav4 is simply the
My 2004 Rav4 is simply the best car I've ever owned. My next care WILL be a hybrid and the Rav4 has earned seniority in my choice...BUT, the current new Rav has a console configuration that doesn't allow my long legs (I'm 6'5") to rest anywhere without hard contact on the right leg. (It's a sure clot-maker.) No adjustments will allow me the comfort that my '04 has offered for 120,000 miles.
Does anybody know if a Rav hybrid will be four wheel drive? If not, and it's only front wheel drive, then maybe the floor/console configuration will be roomier because of the lack of a rear drive shaft. Yes? No? Maybe?
I'm just lying in wait with
I'm just lying in wait with my gas-guzzling but rugged 4WD Nissan Xterra, waiting for someone--hopefully, Toyota with the Rav4--to create a small, rugged (off-road), hybrid SUV. Oh, did I mention "cute"? :-)