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The race may now be set not to go to the swift, but the small. Toyota, evidently spurred by the positive reception to Daimler’s Smart car, is planning to bring the Toyota iQ model to America soon after it’s introduced in Japan this November, and Europe next January. Japan has already proven itself to be […]

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While news is pending for the U.S. market, Hyundai says its Korean-market Ioniq surpasses fuel economy for a 2015 Prius, while the jury is out in comparison to the new 2016 Prius. The ioniq – its name a combination of ion and unique – is to come in three varieties: a plug-in hybrid, an all-electric […]

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Toyota just launched its most miniscule production vehicle yet, the iQ. The tiny 55-miles-per-gallon four-seater will make its debut in Japan before the end of this year, and begin European sales in early 2009. Now that it’s headed to roadways in Japan and Europe, the question is whether or not the iQ will make it […]

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The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has taken the highest-ever green car score in American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s annual Greenest vehicle award. Hyundai’s new EV nudged ahead of the BMW i3; while both earned green scores of 64 points, the Ioniq was slightly cleaner with 0.78 points on the environmental damage index (EDX), compared to […]

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Hyundai confirmed that the hybrid and all-electric versions of its new Ioniq compact sedan will be launched this week in the U.S. Mike O’Brien, vice president-product planning for Hyundai Motor America, spoke last with WardsAuto about Hyundai’s product plans. “Our focus was on developing a great compact car that happens to be electrified,” O’Brien said. […]

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Toyota Motor Corp. is slowly opening up to adding all-electric vehicles to its product lineup to meet regulatory compliance, according to a company executive. While the Japanese automaker in not manufacturing any battery-electric cars at this time, Toyota realizes it must be flexible enough to introduce electric cars in markets with regulatory mandates or where […]

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Hyundai’s 2017 Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t have the Toyota Prius’ flamboyant styling, but it does have an EPA-certified fuel economy rating that bests the Prius Eco, making it the most fuel efficient car sold in America without a plug. When it arrives before the end of the year, the Ioniq Hybrid will have a window sticker […]

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Hyundai Motor America has set the new land speed record for an FIA-approved production-based hybrid vehicle by reaching 157.825 mph. Timed at Utah’s famous Bonneville Salt Flats, the nitrous-injected vehicle was also able to hit a peak exit speed of 160.7 mph. As you might expect, owners of the Prius-competitive Ioniq hybrid won’t be able […]

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Toyota’s research arm has forged an alliance with a robotics foundation to support both open source and proprietary tools to be used in the automaker’s robotics and automated vehicle initiatives. Toyota Research Institute is working with the Open Source Robotics Foundation and its newly-formed for profit subsidiary Open Source Robotics Corporation. TRI is also awarding […]

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Hyundai is exploring the possibility of partnering with Uber to promote its new electrified Ioniq. Toyota has had a beneficial partnership with Uber, providing incentives to Uber drivers using a Prius and now that has caught the attention of Hyundai. To help promote Prius usage, Toyota offers lease deals to Uber drivers and now Hyundai […]

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