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Toronto’s second annual “EV Day” will be held tomorrow, July 18, and Toyota believes this is the place to be if you want to learn more about advanced technology vehicles. Toyota Canada said it will have a major presence at the event, where attendees will be able to get behind the wheel of the Toyota […]

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In two years, consumers will have at least three plug-in car choices from major automakers. After years of taking a wait-and-see approach to plug-in hybrids, Toyota yesterday officially announced its plans to produce and market a plug-in version of the Prius in significant quantities. According to Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada, the company will sell […]

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Toyota has said it will delay the next-gen Prius until the end of 2015 in order to ensure it gets it right, and part of its due diligence includes torturing system components in its 1,000 horsepower TS040 hybrid racer. According to Yoshiaki Kinoshita, president of Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the all-wheel-drive Le Mans car is making […]

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As Hyundai seeks to diversify its alternative energy strategy, the Korean automaker has said it will develop an alternative to Toyota’s Prius. “We will take the lead in the future by raising the competitiveness of our environment-friendly cars like hybrid-only cars, plug-in hybrid cars and fuel cell hydrogen cars,” Hyundai Motor CEO Kim Choong-ho. Or […]

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Toyota Canada has reached the milestone of having sold 100,000 hybrids in Canada since the introduction of the first Prius fifteen years ago. Not surprisingly considering Toyota has created the niche, of all the hybrids sold in Canada since 2000, more than three quarters come from Toyota and Lexus. “The fuel needed by Toyota hybrids […]

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Apparently, the news piece yesterday about Hyundai testing a family of standalone, dedicated Toyota Prius-fighting hybrid models could be reused today, albeit replacing Hyundai with Ford. A story in Automotive News cites two sources who say Ford’s hybrid will be the company’s first effort not adapted from a traditional vehicle, unlike the current hybridized versions […]

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Toyota UK has posted a video with links to the full story of a TRD-prepped Prius Plug-in Hybrid which set a “lap record” of 698 mpg at 40 mph at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. “Three-digit records are nothing new at the Nürburgring, the go-to location when car manufacturers want to prove the pace of their latest […]

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The fourth-generation Toyota Prius is being delayed half a year from its proposed spring 2015 production launch to December 2015, say unidentified sources at Toyota. Citing a number of vaguely expressed issues the company wants to make sure it gets right, sources told Automotive News the company is of necessity pushing things back. Officially, Toyota […]

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Toyota announced it is using one of the hardest materials in nature, silicon carbide, to develop a semiconductor chip it hopes will improve the fuel efficiency of its hybrids, such as the Prius, by as much at 10 percent. The company and its partners announced May 20 that they have developed a silicon carbide (SiC) […]

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A four-month long survey using 19 secret shoppers inquiring about plug-in cars at 85 dealerships in various states found what anecdotal accounts have been saying for the past three years: the experience can be spotty. That is, while there were exceptions, salespeople frequently gave incorrect answers to specific questions about tax breaks, charge times, operational […]

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