NEW YORK – Overcoming deficiencies of the original Prius was one of Toyota Motor Corp.’s objectives when engineering the gas-electric hybrid’s second generation, which went on sale Oct. 17. A principal complaint from the first attempt: a failure to start when the customer didn’t drive the car on a regular basis. Toyota is instructing buyers of the ’04 model to drive the car at least once a week to avoid the same problem. But Ernest Bastien, corporate manager of the vehicle operations group ...
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