2012 Toyota Prius C, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012Enlarge Photo
At the end of every year, we look back at our traffic to identify the most popular stories we've published.
Some of them may be evergreen topics that draw consistent traffic--three of the five were first published in 2012--while others are news or reviews that really took off and captured readers' imaginations.
If we had a single word to describe our most popular news topic, it would be "Tesla"--because almost anything we write about the Silicon Valley electric-car startup Tesla Motors draws lots of attention.
But long-time readers may find some surprises among the five articles that drew the most traffic on Green Car Reports during 2013.
In reverse order, here they are.
Cyclist in London looking at driver of Lamborghini Aventador [clip from video by SupercarsOfLondon]Enlarge Photo
This one, published in July with a deliberately provocative headline, certainly stirred up our commenters.
Cyclists have always been a challenge on this site, with much of our audience appreciating the benefits of human-powered transportation while seemingly wishing that cyclists never shared the roads with actual cars.
We're not going to get into that discussion here, now.
But the more we look at the video in the article, the more we think that several of the commenters are right--the whole thing was staged.
We still tend to think that owners of wildly expensive, exotically designed, high-powered, grossly inefficient supercars should have the discretion and good taste not to behave like hooligans behind the wheel.
(See earlier coverage of "supercar hooligans" in London for more egregious examples.)
But in this case, both parties are probably somewhat at fault--and if the whole thing's a setup, well, we fell for it.
And so did all of you, it seems.
2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabrio, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Aug 2013Enlarge Photo
This one was a total and complete surprise when we looked at our traffic data.
It had done very well last year--it was actually published in June 2012, just as the summer weather hit--and it was the sort of light, cheerful, casual roundup article we like to do for fun.
Then we sort of forgot about it.
But there it was, our fourth most-popular article of the year as measured in traffic from January 1st through December 30th of this year. Who knew?
It would appear that lots and lots of people are looking for convertibles that deliver good gas mileage--or in the case of the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabrio, don't use any gasoline or diesel fuel at all.
The Smart is, so far, the sole open-top plug-in electric car--although we must admit we hope that the Toyota Prius C cabrio that the company showed off at this year's Tokyo Motor Show makes it into production.
2014 Honda InsightEnlarge Photo
This June 2012 comparison piece continues to draw readers eager for a smaller car that's both fuel-efficient and relatively inexpensive.
We felt from the start, when we drove the 2012 Toyota Prius C, that it would prove a strong competitor to the mild-hybrid Honda Insight, and so it has.