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    All-New Toyota Prius V Spied Track Testing

    Rumors have been that Toyota will discontinue the Prius v wagon but if spy photos are any indicator, declarations of its pending demise are greatly exaggerated. The Japanese automaker was recently seen testing a mule at the Nurburgring in Germany that was disguised with borrowed parts from the Lexus NX, fake tail lights and the […]

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    Never Minding Tesla’s Delayed Semi, Toyota Calls Its FCV Big Rig ‘The Future’

    While the world awaits Tesla’s delayed Semi due this fall, the Japanese company that brought you the Prius, Mirai FCV, and other nifty electrified vehicles is drumming up interest in an electric semi of its own. This one however happens to be a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and starting Oct. 23 Toyota’s “Project Portal” will […]

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    September 2017 Dashboard

    The monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall sales for September were exceptionally strong, as fleet sales and replacement demand from Harvey and to a lesser extent, Irma, led to the highest […]

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    Futuristic Fuel-Cell Powered Minivan By Toyota Ready For Prime Time

    Toyota will debut its new hydrogen fuel-cell concept, the “Fine-Comfort Ride” futuristic minivan, at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. Dubbed a “new form of the premium saloon,” the Fine-Comfort Ride sports sharp angular contours and an absurdly long wheelbase. Its high wheel arches, missing front/rear pillars and bucket seating rest in a diamond-shaped […]

    Mitsubishi to Show Us Hyper-Curvaceous Autonomous EV EMIRAI 4

    Mitsubishi Electric, the electronic arm of Mitsubishi, has announced plans to introduce its latest autonomous EV concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. A neo roadster design with hyper-exaggerated curves, Mitsubishi’s EMIRAI 4 is an autonomous “smart mobility” electrified concept car featuring an augmented reality head-up display, 3D mapping/positioning, and a driver sensing system which […]

    2018 Nissan Rogue SUV Gets Semi-Autonomous Driving This Month

    Nissan’s newest driver assistance technology suite, ProPILOT, will be integrated into its best-selling 2018 Rogue SUV to go on sale this month. One of the carmaker’s most ambitious efforts to evangelize driver assistance technologies to date, ProPilot Assist is a semi-autonomous two-button operation that primarily focuses on optimizing single-lane highway driving using a camera and […]

    Amazon Patents EV Recharging by Drone

    Amazon, the same company which will gladly sell you everything from barbells to a 1.5-ton belt sander, has received a patent for technology allowing EVs to be recharged by drone. Environmental tech blog GreenTechMedia first noticed the filing, issued on Oct. 3 of this year. Patent number 9,778,653 is described as an “uncrewed autonomous vehicle” and […]

    Mazda Could Bring Back the Rotary Engine … as a Range Extender

    Within the next two years, Mazda may reintroduce a rotary engine to its lineup as a range extender for an upcoming electric vehicle. The Hiroshima-based company is well known for being one of the last companies to deploy the Wankel engine in a road-going car. Compact dimensions, diminutive displacement, and a raucous exhaust note made the […]

    Denso to Show Off Its Latest Mobility and VR Tech at Tokyo Motor Show

    Denso is ready to exhibit an exciting slate of new mobility technologies at the upcoming 45th Annual Tokyo Motor Show. A key automotive supplier of Detroit and Japanese automakers, the presentation will take place at a press conference on Thursday, Oct. 26, led by speaker Koji Arima, president, and CEO of Denso. This event will […]