DETROIT – At the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota surprised industry analysts with the early unveiling of its limited edition Obama 2012 Prius, named after the current President of the United States.
“We’re very excited about this car,” said Jim Lentz, president of Toyota North America, “We realize it’s early in the release cycle, but we thought it was good timing considering the 2012 presidential election campaign is already underway.”
Toyota decided to develop the Obama Prius using surplus inventory from 2008, since there will be little to no improvements from the 2008 to 2012 versions. Any indication of the manufacture date and country of origin will be sanded off the automobile, though a certificate of manufacturing will be provided to customers upon request. Other highlights of the 2012 Obama Prius include:
· An “Obama 2012” sticker expertly preinstalled on the rear bumper, right next to a “No Blood for Oil!” sticker for the more nostalgic customers. The original “Obama/Biden 2012” sticker was scrapped after fears that it would be unappealing to the target market
· Built in GPS with onscreen teleprompter
· A disabled right-turn signal
· Free set of TaylorMade golf clubs pre-packed in the trunk for frequent golf outings
· Extra-large cigarette trays.
Also, in an effort by Toyota to turn recent negative PR around, the accelerator has been renamed “The ObamaCare Gas Pedal”, which will at times unpredictably accelerate, moving the car forward despite any attempts to apply the brakes.
“We also made sure that this model was assembled with a purely unionized workforce,” added Lentz, “In fact, I want to assure our consumers that we are making every effort to lose money on every single Obama 2012 Prius that we sell.”
Pre-orders are already pouring in from around the world, with the vast majority coming from Hollywood, CA.
“This is totally a dream come true!” exclaimed famed actress and avid Obama supporter Scarlett Johansson in a phone interview, “and it’s also assuring to know that in purchasing this car I’m helping to stop the rise of the oceans and destruction of the rainforests.” When asked to elaborate, the phone call was unexpectedly cut off.
The Obama 2012 Prius will initially be on sale exclusively to public union executives. It will be offered in only one color combination – black exterior and white interior.