Toyota Prius, Honda Fit Top Japan’s Best Selling Car List

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Toyota Prius, Honda Fit Top Japan’s Best Selling Car List
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For the ninth month in a row, the top-selling car in Japan is the Toyota Prius, helping hybrids make up more than 20-percent of all auto sales in Japan. In February, Toyota sold 35,875 Prius hybrids, while the Honda Fit came in second place with 24,973 units sold. That’s quite the gap, especially considering third… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius Family Will Continue Growing, Exec Says

Toyota Prius Family Will Continue Growing, Exec Says
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Toyota worked hard to bring the Prius nameplate from obscurity to common parlance, whether its loved by save-the-planet tree huggers or hated by gas-wasting macho men, few can feign ignorance to the world’s most iconic hybrid. “With the four cars, you’re seeing the entire Prius family short-term. For the long term, we continue to evaluate… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Approved for California Clean Vehicle Rebate

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Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Approved for California Clean Vehicle Rebate
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Toyota confirmed today that the 2012 Prius Plug-In has been approved for the State of California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP). The CVRP is a consumer incentive made available in addition to the $2,500 Federal Tax credit for qualified vehicles. The 2012 Prius Plug-In has started to arrive at dealerships, and will also be eligible… Continue Reading...

2012 J. D. Power and Associates Dependability Study Topped by Toyota

2012 J. D. Power and Associates Dependability Study Topped by Toyota
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J.D. Power and Associates released their annual vehicle dependability study today, something consumers and manufacturers pay close attention to. “Despite facing immense challenges in 2009, automakers placed a keen focus on delivering outstanding levels of quality, which they understood would be essential to their long-term success,” said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at… Continue Reading...

Japanese Exotic Car Pile Up Becomes World’s Most Expensive Automotive Graveyard [Video]

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About two months ago we reported a collection of luxurious and exotic machines that were involved in a bizarre accident in Japan that claimed at least eight Ferraris, three Mercedes-Benzes, a Lamborghini, a Nissan Skyline and a Toyota Prius. The exotic car crash occurred on the Chugoku Expressway out in the Yamaguchi Prefecture and fortunately… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius c Now Reaches 120,000 Orders in Japan

Toyota Prius c Now Reaches 120,000 Orders in Japan
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We might become cautiously optimistic about Toyota if these reported order numbers continue to grow exponentially. It was just the end of December that we got reports that the Toyota Prius c in Japan (known as the Toyota Aqua) had reached 60,000 orders; and now just a little over a month later, they have reached 120,000… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius is Newest Addition to Berlin Police Force

Toyota Prius is Newest Addition to Berlin Police Force
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You would probably expect a Berlin police officer to go out and patrol in an Audi, a Mercedes, an Opel, or even a VW, but how about a Toyota Prius? The Berlin government calls it “Initiative 120″, an effort to sport an eco-friendly fleet of police vehicles that will all have emissions outputs of less… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius Camper Van Might Be The Most Ridiculous Thing Ever: 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon

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Toyota Prius Camper Van Might Be The Most Ridiculous Thing Ever: 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon
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We’ve seen a lot of strange things come out of Japan’s aftermarket over the years, but this might be the most ridiculous thing yet. Relax Cabin, a Japanese aftermarket company, specializes in camper conversions and apparently thought Toyota Prius owners would have a demand for such a thing. We guess there’s a remote possibility that… Continue Reading...

Google Awarded Patent For Autonomous Vehicle

Google Awarded Patent For Autonomous Vehicle
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Google’s mission towards to mass market autonomous vehicles took another step forward this week when they were granted a patent for a method of controlling the self-driving car. The patent details how the vehicle can transition from being human-driven to autonomous mode. The technology raises an interesting thought, where the car could transition to autonomous… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius, Porsche 911 Are Germany’s Most Reliable Cars

Toyota Prius, Porsche 911 Are Germany’s Most Reliable Cars
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Out in Germany, a new vehicle must be inspected after three years by the TÜV, similar to America’s state-level emissions and inspection process (albeit much more rigorous). After that, residents of Germany then have to get their vehicles inspected every two years and each visit involves an extremely thorough inspection of your vehicle. Failing the… Continue Reading...

Toyota Banking On Hybrids For Continued US Growth In Sales

Toyota Banking On Hybrids For Continued US Growth In Sales
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Toyota is looking to ride their successful Prius wave to the future, hoping to revive its US sales that has taken a hit thanks to heavy recalls and the tragic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. With two new Prius models on the horizon, Toyota also announced they’ll be entering new market segments with hybrids,… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius GT300 Race Car In The Works?

Toyota Prius GT300 Race Car In The Works?
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Subaru‘s BRZ GT300 race car is looking fabulous on the track, but we couldn’t help but wonder where Toyota‘s GT 86 race car was at the Tokyo Motor Show. Apparently nowhere, maybe not even on the minds of Toyota engineers responsible for their GT300 race car. Rather than usher in a new era of racing… Continue Reading...

Eight Ferraris, Other Exotics Destroyed in Japan Car Crash [Video]

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An bizarre accident over the weekend in Japan severely damaged 14 cars, eight of which were Ferraris. The other vehicles involved in the smash-up include three Mercedes-Benzes, a Lamborghini, a Nissan Skyline and a poor little Toyota Prius. According to the news report, a caravan of foreign car enthusiasts were heading from Hiroshima to Kyushu… Continue Reading...

Toyota Aiming For 1 Million Hybrid Sales By 2015

Toyota Aiming For 1 Million Hybrid Sales By 2015
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The head of Toyota‘s Prius program thinks that Toyota will be able to sell as many as 1 million hybrids anually by 2015. Satoshi Ogiso, who was responsible for developing the original Prius, said that hybrids could sell as many as 2 million units by 2020. Toyota Hybrid sales topped out at 690,000 in 2010,… Continue Reading...

Toyota Hoping Prius Plug-In, New Models, Will Sales Back To Pre-2008 Levels

Toyota Hoping Prius Plug-In, New Models, Will Sales Back To Pre-2008 Levels
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Toyota is banking on its plug-in Prius hybrid and other new models to help bring their sales numbers back to pre-2008 status, where Toyota had no trouble grabbing the global sales crown each year. Currently Toyota is poised to lose that trophy to General Motors, undoubtedly due to the earthquake in March in Japan and… Continue Reading...

Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars of 2012

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Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars of 2012
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The Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient cars have been named for 2012 by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA (those guys that come up with the official ratings for cars) has compiled the list, which is dominated by Japanese automakers. Those remaining two are domestic vehicles, although with one being a commercial van, it almost… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius c Brings Subcompact Dimensions To The Hybrid Segment

Toyota Prius c Brings Subcompact Dimensions To The Hybrid Segment
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Toyota will add another vehicle to the Prius lineup shortly, with the upcoming Prius c subcompact. Intended to be the entry point into the Prius range, the Prius c will supposedly get over 50 mpg in the city. Technology will also be at the forefront of the Prius c, which comes with an integrated app… Continue Reading...

Two-Thirds of All Hybrids on the Road are Toyotas

Two-Thirds of All Hybrids on the Road are Toyotas
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Toyota‘s leadership in the hybrid car category has reflected extremely highly on its perception as a “green” automaker. And for good reason, with two-thirds of all hybrids currently on the road being Toyota brand products. Much of that success can be given to the Prius, with more models sold than all other hybrids combined, totaling… Continue Reading...

Hyundai Elantra Touring Plug-In Hybrid Under Development

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Hyundai Elantra Touring Plug-In Hybrid Under Development
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Although our German isn’t too great, Auto Motor und Sport, the automotive publication of record in Germany, is reporting that the Hyundai i30, also known as the Elantra Touring, will get a plug-in hybrid version in 2013. Hyundai has hinted at a competitor to the Toyota Prius before, and the i30, designed with the ultra-competitive… Continue Reading...

Toyota Gets New Styling Chief, New Aesthetic Direction

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Toyota Gets New Styling Chief, New Aesthetic Direction
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Toyota‘s new styling chief, Dezi Nagaya, wants to abandon the company’s previous conservative design language for a new direction that is “…more dynamic, more masculine, sportier, with a more obvious design theme and a face to represent the company and the brand.” Nagaya’s challenge comes with creating a unified styling language that can span everything… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius Pickup Truck is Worse Than it Sounds

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Toyota Prius Pickup Truck is Worse Than it Sounds
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There’s a huge list of reasons why anyone would want to buy a Toyota Prius these days. But despite its decent cargo space once the rear seats are folded down, the Prius has its limitations when it comes to really transporting anything of significance. So clearly the owner of this Prius loved the fuel economy… Continue Reading...

Prius Plug-In “27 Percent Better Than Diesel,” According To Toyota

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Prius Plug-In “27 Percent Better Than Diesel,” According To Toyota
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Toyota’s Prius plug-in hybrid has been testing in London, all the better to usurp the Continent’s diesels in favor of its “27% better” electric cord. What does this “27% better” get you? Well, Toyota says, the Prius plug-in takes 27% less fuel than a diesel after a full charge, which takes around 72 minutes. As… Continue Reading...

Steve Nash Does Toyota Prius Parking Victory Dance [Video]

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Well this is a change. The typical NBA all star usually drives around in a Cadillac Escalade or Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but not Steve Nash. No no, this Pheonix Suns point guard, seven-time NBA All-Star, two-time MVP award winner represents the Toyota Prius. In this new commercial, based on the competitive nature of both Nash and… Continue Reading...