EatsShootsandLeafs wrote:finman100 wrote:I've seen the Clarity EV in person here in OR. ugly.
Just looked at a picture. This is partly why hybrid and EV are looked down on by much of the public. Thing looks ugly as hell, and covering part of your rear wheel with sheet metal didn't look cool decades ago and still doesn't now.
Yes, why Honda and Toyota felt they needed to make seriously ugly AFVs is beyond me, but it certainly doesn't help sales prospects. OTOH, this past week I passed by Toyota and Honda dealers, and there had to be 50-100 Primes on the former's lot, and 10 or a dozen Clarity PHEVs on the latter's, so they obviously think there's a market here. I didn't see any of the BEV or FCEV Clarity versions, but I wasn't looking that hard. IMO the Prime's the best looking of the bunch, and the only one that I could buy without doing so in spite of its looks. The regular 4th gen. Prius, the Mirai and any of the Claritys fall into the latter category. The Clarity's looks are at least partly due to aero considerations. but if people avoid buying it because they think it's ugly it doesn't matter how efficient it is.
However, the Clarity PHEV's January sales (594) are fairly brisk, and as expected far better than the BEV (203), as aside from the looks the car provides good competition for the Volt. IEVS still isn't providing any sales info for the FCEV. One source other than IEVS shows 853 total U.S. Clarity sales for January, so if IEVS numbers for the BEV and PHEV are correct, that would mean 56 FCEVs were leased.