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The most fuel-efficient luxury car. The least expensive Lexus. For nearly a decade, the Toyota Prius has dominated the hybrid market, selling more than all other gas-electric vehicles combined. But for all the great reasons to drive a Prius, the quintessential hybrid is far from the most engaging ride on the road. Let’s face it, […]

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Lexus HS250h Toyota is recalling 17,000 units of its 2010 Lexus HS250h hybrid, due to a fuel tank issue. The company will also halt production and sales until a remedy can be found. During a test conducted by an agency contractor, fuel spillage from the vehicle exceeded federal regulations. According to the National Highway Transportation […]

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New nationwide laws to discourage driving while texting are in the works, but no law will stop the rapidly expanding number of electronic devices and screens from encroaching upon the driving experience. The center-mounted touch screen on hybrids has been one of the worst offenders—as drivers look over and reach over to monitor mileage, energy […]

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Toyota is reporting brisk sales of the Lexus HS 250h, its new hybrid-only luxury sedan that launched on July 14 in Japan. The company was targeting 500 sales per month, but has already received nearly 9,000 orders. The Lexus HS250h—which will become the most efficient luxury vehicle on the US market when it begins selling […]

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The U.S. auto market experienced its weakest August sales since 1983. Overall sales dropped by 21 percent compared to last August, when the Cash for Clunkers programs gave an all-too-brief boost to car sales. Gas-electric hybrids, which disproportionately benefited from Clunkers a year ago, took a harder fall in August, dropping by 38 percent compared […]

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The Toyota Prius is by far the most popular hybrid car because it’s immediately recognizable as an earth-friendly car. At least, that’s the explanation offered by Dan Ariely, the behavioral economist who wrote Predictably Irrational. Ariel was in Seattle last week on a tour for his new book, The Upside of Irrationality. Dan Ariely Ariely’s […]

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The Mercedes S400 hybrid was the first hybrid from the luxury carmaker. Mercedes, and other luxury brands, will increasingly go hybrid. Great hybrids. Big jumps in MPG. But luxury, all too often, means low volume. The field of hybrid gas-electric vehicles is expected to triple from about 20 today to 60 or more by the […]

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Coming at the heels of Toyota’s problems with sticking accelerator pedals, news of potential braking problems on the 2010 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS250h hybrid has raised legitimate concerns among hybrid owners. Yet, media coverage of Toyota’s safety issues may be blurring the lines between a potentially fatal problem with the accelerator pedals—resulting in a […]

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> Subscribe to the HybridCars.com Market Dashboard Analysis of 2009 Sales Numbers "Top 5 global hybrid markets" based on vehicle registrations CYTD November 2009. "Top 5 US hybrid markets" based on vehicle registrations CYTD November 2009. The final tally of hybrid sales for 2009 comes in at 290,272 units—not bad for a year in which […]

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If you’re thinking of buying a hybrid car, here’s one more piece of good news on top of the superior gas mileage. Repair costs for hybrid models, which initially were higher than average, have now fallen in line with those of non-hybrids. In other words: These days, your new Toyota Prius or any other hybrid […]

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