No, retarded troll
You are Art Spinella and I claim my 5 pounds.
They did a _race_ between a BMW and a Prius. Not exactly a standard driving cycle.
And who cares what a car looks like? When you're using it, you can't even see the outside. Complaining about the look of a car is like computer reviews complaining that while the monitor's great the case is boring and beige.
I get about 65mpg (Imperial, adjusted for the E10) in my Prius in a reasonably cold, hilly state. My wife would probably get about 60mpg (adjusted) if she drove it all the time and she doesn't even think of economy when driving.
And before anyone starts: we can't even buy micro-diesel; diesels that we can buy have (proper) emissions controls that hurt fuel economy; diesel is more expensive here and significantly more expensive when demand rises; diesels are all more expensive than a base Prius (except for the Golf until the tax credit runs/ran out); no, there isn't any public transport around here, otherwise I'd be using it just like I did in the UK.
Now for the usual debunking of the usual CNW junk:
The NiMH batteries are all recycled (just like the double-sized lead ones in your car); Sudbury was a wasteland long before the Prius was even conceived; Sudbury isn't a wasteland any more; the batteries don't use much nickel from there anyway (there's more nickel in a typical car body than in the battery).
If you weren't just an ignoramus or troll you'd be directing your venom at the pollution caused in China by bad mining of the neodymium used in EV motors instead of at the batteries. (Even then, I'd point out that petroleum demand causes quite a lot of damage (apparently there are wars for the stuff)).