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Toyota Prius over $150K in Singapore, Vin Diesel not impressed


If you ever feel cars are getting too expensive, consider yourself lucky you don't live in Singapore.

The country, an island located on the tip of mainland Malaysia, is smaller than most cities, and one of the most prosperous nations in the world.

Due to its (lack of) size, traffic is a big problem--so the government levies huge taxes on cars to discourage their use. Which is why a Toyota Prius costs $154,000 over there--over six times its cost in the U.S.

Interviewed by Singaporean TV program RazorTV (via Car Throttle), Fast & Furious series star Vin Diesel is less than impressed with the price of the well-known gas-sipper.

We suspect hybrids aren't Diesel's usual vehicle of choice (there's a joke in there somewhere) but the situation is no better for other cars either, whether economy vehicles or the latest and greatest supercar.

Realistically, given the country's size, not being able to afford a car is probably not much of a problem anyway. If you live and work in Singapore, getting around is simply a case of using the country's efficient public transit systems or one of its ubiquitous taxis.
Pricing cars (even the humble Toyota Prius) out of the reach of mere mortals is certainly one way of reducing pollution and congestion. We bet used prices remain pretty high too.

Check out the video to watch the reactions of some of the other Fast & Furious 6 stars to Singapore car pricing, such as the BMW 6 Series...