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Patience and persistence have paid off for Toyota’s hybrid sales in Europe. Toyota Motor Corp. had taken a slow and steady approach to marketing its hybrid vehicles in a region that, not long ago, was more than half diesel vehicles in industrywide sales. In more than a year since Volkswagen’s “Dieselgate” scandal broke, Toyota is […]

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Toyota Motor Corp. will be opening up hybrid technology to rivals. The Japanese automaker announced last week that the hybrid technology used in the Prius and other Toyota and Lexus hybrids will see expanded development. Toyota also said it would consider selling its powertrain modules to other automakers; those modules include engines, transmissions, and other […]

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Toyota is hedging its bets to meet increasing global emission standards, with expanded development of its gasoline-hybrid technology now added to the list. The automaker said today it will expand the development of its hybrid technology over the next five years. That will support compliance with introducing more lower-emission engines as emissions standards increase in […]

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Toyota Motor Europe has announced plans to build a new $165 million plant in Poland that will produce transaxles for hybrid vehicles and add two engine production lines at an existing plant. The new Toyota manufacturing facility will start production in 2018 located at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) in Walbrzych. “We are very pleased to be […]

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Toyota is a little late with a subcompact crossover SUV, but the C-HR hybrid is on sale now in Europe and comes to the US in spring 2017. In an interview with the trade journal Automotive News, Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl said the C-HR is a key to the automaker’s goal of increasing […]

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Spy photographers grabbed photos of a camouflaged Toyota Supra sports car undergoing street tests in Germany. The heavily disguised car is the result of a 2011 joint venture between Toyota and BMW that included development of a new sports car platform as well as sharing battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology. The new chassis will […]

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A lawsuit by a Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid owner says that a “13-mile” battery power range is deceptive. Earlier this month, owner Richard Rosenbaum filed the suit in Michigan federal court claiming that the Prius Plug-In he purchased in 2012 has not been able to meet the 13-mile electric range that Toyota was advertising. Rosenblaum […]

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The new Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid will gain additional electric driving range with a rooftop solar panel that helps recharge the battery. Stretching nearly the entire length of the roof, the solar cells can charge the lithium-ion battery pack when the car is parked, and can boost efficiency by as much as 10 percent, though […]

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Yesterday Toyota announced that its cumulative global hybrid sales through April tallied to 9.014 million. The latest million took just nine months, and counted Lexus and Toyota vehicles from all markets dating back to the August 1997 Japanese launch of the original Prius. With the news, the carmaker observes its combined effect on saving fuel […]

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The glowing headline of Consumer Reports’ just-published RAV4 Hybrid overview does not tell the paradoxical story to be read between the lines. While the publication validates Toyota’s new hybrid as the country’s most frugal non-plug-in SUV with 31 mpg combined – close to the 33 mpg on the sticker – it said the RAV’s city […]

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