Re: Introducing Team Edison
Not all people have great taste in cars like you and me, and, for a while it offered something that others didn't.
The added fact that it's a Toyota meant people felt it was a reliable choice and not much risk involved in trialing the new (at the time) tech.
Whilst your post may be friendly banter I strongly believe that great looks equal a far greater chance of success. I'm sure you've heard of the AU Falcon.
People will overlook some pretty serious faults if something is beautiful. Conversely, a car like the Prius required Toyota's reputation along with snobbish green angle. Slap an American brand name on it and remove the hybrid tech and it'd go down with the Pontiac Aztek as one of the worst vehicles ever!