Pri-us Fam-il-y, I got all my Prius with me. . .

As you know, owning a Toyota Prius has replaced tree hugging as the environmentalists’ badge of service to the planet. That’s due to two factors- the Prius’ radio gets in NPR, and an uncomfortable situation where some of the those hugging the trees discovered that they wanted to be more than just friends.

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Toyota, seeing a shining hybrid-powered light in what has otherwise been a dark time for car makers, wants more people on the Prius bandwagon. And in fact, they’re expanding the Prius from a socially conscientious swinging single to a nuclear family, albeit one that’s not really nuclear-powered. Confounding the indecisive, Toyota is popping out Prius models like hybrid bunnies, and over the next couple of years there’ll be four Prius models from which to choose. Those will include the original 3rd-gen Hybrid, a plug-in version of that car, the high-roof Prius V,  and a smaller Prius c, which is presently in thinly veiled show car guise.
All these wabbits Prius models presents a dilemma for Toyota because, while they can build ‘em just fine, they’re having a hard time determining what to call them once they get them together. Prius is fine in the singular, and a group of them is obviously a Priapism, but what’s the plural from of Prius?
If you have an opinion then Toyota wants to hear it. They’ve set up a poll on the Prius Family site asking for suggestions. And as Hoons, where opinions are like nostrils- everybody having at least two, we are uniquely positioned to help Toyota out of this jam. If you can help – and remember, this one’s for the ages – go forth and let your voice be heard. And who knows, one day you may be able to tell your grandkids that YOU named the plural for Prius. Hey, get away from the tree!

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  1. joshuman Avatar

    The early models are obvious "won't make the next green lighters." On the interstates, I call them all "rolling chicanes." Some larger than normal percentage are "left lane blockers." I encourage the hypermiling, just do it in the right lane.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      For some reason, I find Jetta TDis (and their drivers) to be a bigger nuisance than Prii.

  2. Jim-Bob Avatar

    The plural of Prius should be Prii (pronounced pre-aye). As for owning one, gas prices have made me consider it (as has Progressive's over-charging for insurance on my Geo Metro collection). If I did though it would be covered in "Sarah Palin for President" and "Drill Baby Drill !" stickers just to piss off the normal Prius-owning demographic. It would be worth it for the WTF factor alone.

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      I too have considered buying a Prius and using it for various spiteful pranks.
      But: a. none of them would get it
      b. I would look like a dork
      &c. it's much easier to sufficiently piss off the Prius buying public without the hassle

    2. dragon951 Avatar

      You don't need to piss them off. Just let them be smug, and laugh at the irony. If anyone here reads the PCA magazine Panorama, look at the news blurbs section for the December issue Then tell me if they cite an online source. The story said something along the lines of: A recent study found that the Prius had a larger environmental impact than the other cars in its class. A study conducted by Toyota.

    3. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      I'm considering a "Gun Control Means Hitting Your Target" sticker for my old Volvo wagon.

  3. mdharrell Avatar

    In Latin, "prius" is a third-declension neuter adjective with the plural form "priora." It is a sad day for Latinity that this is not among the options presented by Toyota, so I'm not voting.

    1. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

      Knowledge of forgotten cars and forgotten languages? I tip my hat to you, sir.

    2. dragon951 Avatar

      I would have disagreed by pointing out that Prius in this case is a proper noun not the adjective imported from Latin, therefore it does not have to follow Latin pluralization. Proper nouns ending in s are pluralized by adding -es (much like proper nouns ending in y do not get converted to -ies) so the plural should be Priuses. I WOULD have disagreed, but the folks at Toyota are so far up their own asses that they write it with a lower case p. I imagine they think it a clever way to eventually bridge the gap between proper and common noun, becoming the default word for all hybrids, not that I am paranoid or anything…
      …hey, that cat keeps staring at me.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Sure, if Toyota wants to treat the name as nothing more than a neologism, that's their business and they can construct whatever plural they like. As far as that goes, there's no need for the plural to follow English rules, either. I'm not insisting that the plural follow Latin, just pointing out that it would have been a comfort to see Latin as an option.
        That cat is staring at you because it is hungry.

  4. skitter Avatar

    1 sheep, 2 sheep, 3 sheep, 4 sheep.
    Naturally, I voted for the drift truck.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      As did I. DRIFT TRUCK FTMFW, YO.

      1. Fej Avatar

        YO YO just came in from Ratsun to vote for my mans siiick ass herra mad tyte jdm drift truck………. yo.

  5. chrystlubitshi Avatar

    first prius i saw in person was driven by an incredibly attractive young woman… who i probably ogled more than appropriate… only to be informed "uh.. yeah.. that's the boss's daughter" DOH!

    1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      Abort, Abort… Pull up! Pull up!

      1. Alff Avatar

        Negatory. Buy her a beer.

        1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

          bought her six shots of JD.. and then walked her back to campus.. then went to a party a couple of houses down from her place*…. (i quit my job a few weeks later)…
          *note– the party had a much happier ending than my evening with her.

      2. Alff Avatar

        Jeepy, are you a fan of Freestate Brewery? A friend and fellow hoon introduced me to Ad Astra last week and we're now planning a Miata/Alfa caravan out to Larry when the weather turns.

        1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

          I love it to death. I had a six pack of Copperhead in my beer fridge until… uh I drank it all. I will gladly join the topless caravan in the Jeep and have a driveway that will make a good landing zone!
          Let me know when… I'm game! We could probably even pick up Pete Gaines somewhere along the way.

  6. Maymar Avatar

    I long for a world with a nuclear family of Ford Nucleons.
    Although, I don't know how Ontario Power Group distributes their kilowatts, but I assume I get most of my power from Pickering and Darlington, it'd make any plug-in hybrid I theoretically drove nuclear-powered.

    1. Feds_II Avatar

      Just had a convo about this yesterday:
      52% from the nucleon plants, 21% from hydro, 18% coal, 8% nat gas, 1% wind.
      If you're in the GTA, you're likely mostly nuclear. Here on the peninsula, we're water and coal.

  7. Alff Avatar

    Thanks, Hooniverse. Insomnia cured!

  8. Feds_II Avatar

    My pick would be Priori, then Privius, then Toyotas Prius.

  9. Alff Avatar

    The plural of Prius is Superfund Site.

  10. Black Steelies Avatar

    Well at least they all make more sense than the CRZ.

  11. vwminispeedster Avatar

    Priiiiiiiiius. It's like Jaaaaaaaaaag but for "ecomentalists".