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Toyota Motor Corp said it will be recalling on a world-wide basis around 200,000 hybrid SUVs including the Lexus RX 400h. The issue is with the hybrid system’s inverter, and affects RX 400h models built between March 2005 and June 2011. The total number of hybrids Toyota is recalling are around 141,000 vehicles in North […]

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Lexus hybrid vehicles have reached the milestone of over 500,000 units sold and registered around the world. Since the first RX 400h took to the road in 2005, through to the end of November this year, Lexus has sold more than 506,000 vehicles equipped with its Lexus Hybrid Drive system. Lexus says there has been […]

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The updated Lexus SUV hybrid, the Lexus RX 450h, is due out this Spring—with promised improvements in both performance and fuel economy compared with its predecessor. So we took out a test-loaner for a spin last week to see for ourselves. Our route was a 127-mile course from Aberdeen, Maryland to York, Pennsylvania and back […]

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Fans of hybrid SUVs have a new model from Lexus to consider. The premium carmaker debuted its all-new 2010 RX450h hybrid crossover at the 2008 Los Angeles International Auto Show last week. The 450h replaces for the brand’s current generation RX400h SUV, which was on the market for only two model years. The new 450h […]

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Toyota has announced that it will recall more than 82,000 hybrid SUVs in the United States this summer, due to faulty soldering in the vehicles’ Intelligent Power Module, which is located within the Hybrid System Inverter. The vehicles included are model years 2006 and 2007 Toyota Highlander and Lexus RX 400h hybrids. The voluntary recall […]

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> Subscribe to the HybridCars.com Market Dashboard Hybrid car sales fell for the third consecutive year, dropping nearly 6 percent in a year when overall vehicle sales jumped by 11 percent. That harsh reality could give ammunition to hybrid critics who argue that gas-electric vehicles were never viable, or that they only serve as a […]

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> Subscribe to the HybridCars.com Market Dashboard Sales of hybrid models in February fared somewhat better than the overall market—falling “only” 29 percent. Incentive spending on all vehicles ballooned as manufacturers desperately tried to “move metal.” Hybrid Heatmap In this month’s version, we take a look at where buyers purchased luxury hybrids in 2008. We […]

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Contents Trends Top Quotes Award Winners Biggest News Top Sellers 2008 Introductions What kind of year has it been for the 2008 Hybrid? GM’s product chief called global warming a “crock of shit.” An eight-cylinder SUV Hybrid won “Green Car of the Year” award. Prius waiting lists returned and then evaporated. Plug-in Hybrid Mania. The […]

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Hybrids will take center stage at 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens to the public on Nov. 21. Thirty hybrid models will be on display—revealing the diversity of options coming to the market, including small affordable hybrid cars, luxury hybrids, sporty hybrids, hybrid crossover SUVs, hybrid pickups, and even a Toyota Camry Hybrid concept […]

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What Is a Hybrid Car Battery? A hybrid car battery is like any other battery—except that it is rechargeable and has enough juice to move a large heavy vehicle down the road for a few feet or a few miles. How Does It Work? Like all batteries, hybrid batteries have two electrodes (which collect or […]

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