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Steve Wozniak tells Blitzer about his Prius, “It was a hoax” on Driving the Nation

2010 Chicago Auto Show, Chicago, IL – Robert S. Carter Group Vice President and General Manager – Toyota Division Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc sat down with me at the Chicago auto show for a 35-minute exclusive interview.

When complaints started about Steve Wozniak’s Toyota Prius, I called Steve Wozniak and confirmed that he had said that his Toyota Prius had a minor cruise control/acceleration problem and a bigger problem with neither Toyota or NHTSA paying attention to his complaints.

I wasted some of my minutes with Toyota asking Carter about the dancing with the stars guy who said that he had problems with his Toyota.

I was told that Wozniak had gone on Wolf Blitzer’s “the situation room” and told CNN’s Blitzer that “It was a hoax, it was a bet that I could get on your show.”Indeed, that is what Wozniak said on CNN.

I emailed him, and he confirmed the same thing to me, that it was a hoax.
> At 7:45 AM -0800 2/11/10, Lou Hammond wrote:
>> I was told by Toyota that you told CNN that the Prius event was all a hoax.
>> Is that true?
> Steve Wozniak: Yes, and I explained it to Wolf Blitzer on his show. I explained that I had made a bet that I could get on his show and “here I am.” Then I explained that the hoax was the news media making me out to be a big Toyota complainer and I explained that mine was safe and I had just driven it down to L.A. I also had to tell him the truth, that he wasn’t as much fun as the crew at Dancing With The Stars.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.