Well, that's kind of where I disagree with the "reviewer"....regarding timing. I mean this wasn't the first generation Prius.....technically it wasn't even the 2nd generation Prius. The first gen was sold in Japan only. The second gen looked like an Echo, and was even uglier than the current one we all think of when we hear the word "Prius". So to summarize....it wasn't just timing. Toyota was improving a product from the start (1997)...but this review happened in 2007/8 as best as I can tell.
Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Come to think of it.....I am not eating up everything this guy is saying. The EV1 started production in 1996, and the Prius just one year later!?!? But this guy is making a virtual map pointing to batteries in the Prius, to Chevron, to Exxon, to GM, to EV1. Wow, Toyota must be master thieves to make it go down as claimed.