And by "pimp," I don't necessarily mean "sell." I mean "transplant the car's hip cachet to the booming Chinese market." At least that's how the dude at The Car Connection puts it, which I think is a shrewd observation considering some Asian market analysts don't think the car will do well on the mainland because of its price. The Chinese government is ready for conservation, but it all depends on the wallets of the consumers, since they're the ones who have to shell out. Besides starting Prius production in the northeastern town Changchun, Toyota may license its hybrid tech to partner FAW Group for its own new vehicle, which, if we think of some recent Chinese automotive efforts, would most likely be a non-subtle Prius ripoff with a different grille and door handles.

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