Toyota Banking On Hybrids For Continued US Growth In Sales

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, including big pickups.

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Toyota Prius GT300 Race Car In The Works?

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.

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

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 when one of the Ferrari drivers hit the median while trying to overtake a car on the wet, curved road.

Fortunately no one was seriously hurt in the crash, but it’s a sad sight to see all these exotics demolished the way they are. From what we can tell in the video, there were multiple F355s, F430s, an F360 and some form of an F512. Even worse, the accident shut down the road for six long hours as officials tried to determine exactly what happened.

Check out the news report from Japan below:

[Source: Jalopnik]

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

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 the floods in Thailand hampering production.

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Hybrids Safer For Drivers, Dangerous For Pedestrians

Believe it or not, hybrids are safer in a crash than their gasoline-only counterparts, according to a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute.

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Toyota Promises Fuel-Cell Vehicles on Sale by 2015

Japanese car firm Toyota is already a world leader in hybrid technology. Now it seems, Toyota wants to have a similar strangle hold of the fuel-cell market.

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California Highway Congestion Worsened By Hybrids?

California told 85,000 hybrid drivers to move over, literally. Now everyone is feeling the sting.

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Chevrolet Volt Cheaper to Drive Than Toyota Prius Plug-in for Sub-70 Mile Journeys

While the Toyota Prius has long been the automotive ambassador of the green movement, Pike Research conducted a Cost of Driving test to find out whether the all new 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in can trump the Chevrolet Volt. According to its findings, by first establishing the price for every gallon of gas at $3.50 and every kilowatt-hour for 11 cents for the test, the Volt earned a more economic and cost effective result than a Prius Plug-in for trips under 70 miles.

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Priced From $32,760

Toyota has finally released pricing for the all-new Prius Plug-in Hybrid, setting the retail rate at $32,760 – a roughly $8,000 premium over the conventional model.

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Toyota Prius Pickup Truck is Worse Than It Sounds

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.

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Google Self-Driving Prius Has Its First At Fault Accident

Google has been campaigning its self-driving Toyota Prius for quite some time now, bragging that the machines have logged hundreds of thousands of miles with only one accident – when they got rear-ended at a light. But now history has been written with reports that Google’s Prius caused its first at-fault accident, ironically rear-ending a newer generation Prius. Perhaps Google’s Prius was a little jealous of its newer, hipper, third-generation counterpart?

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Report: Toyota Prius Family Expanding, Possible Sports Coupe For 2014

Toyota is clearly acknowledging how successful the Prius model has been for them when they originally announced the model’s expansion at the Detroit Motor Show this year. Now it looks like the Prius will be getting another addition to its family, including a Sports Coupe model that will be rear-wheel-drive with a manual transmission – clearly looking to compete against Honda‘s CR-Z. The Sports Coupe is rumored to be based on the upcoming Lexus GS platform. In addition, it will feature a next-generation plug-in hybrid setup featuring lithium-ion batteries.

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Toyota To Offer AC Electric Outlets On Japanese Market Prius Models

For next year, Toyota will start offering AC electric outlets as an option on the Prius hybrid so drivers can plug in accessories or appliances to their car. Toyota developed the idea through the March 11 earthquake disaster in which people used the Toyota Estima hybrid van (pictured above) as a source of emergency electricity when the power went out.

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Despite Earthquake, Toyota Anticipates 2011 Prius Sales To Best 2010

Sales of the Prius in 2011 are expected to surpass even the number sold in 2010 says Toyota, despite the disastrous earthquake in Japan that limited production of the popular hybrid.

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Honda's Fit Was The Best-Selling Car in Japan For 1st Half Of 2011

Honda’s best selling car in Japan for the first half of 2011 was the Fit compact, helped by the addition of a fuel-efficient hybrid model released in October.

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