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Hybrid Minivan Pages Honda’s Hybrid Comeback: Hybrid Minivans and SUVs (19 Feb 2010) Discussion Forum (100+ posts): Hybrid Minivan US Availability? Key to Hybrid Minivans: Getting Small (20 Oct 2009) Soccer Moms Rejoice! Hybrid Minivan on the Way (22 Jul 2008) The Japanese carmakers have a big head start on hybrid technology. They made a […]

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Toyota is adding U.S. six-speed automatic transmission production in order to cope with demand. Toyota announced it will increase 6-speed automatic transmission assembly and machining capacity by 20,000 per month in early 2015 at its Buffalo powertrain plant and Bodine Aluminum casting facilities in Missouri and Tennessee. Toyota said this project will create more than […]

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The latest “top pick” list by Consumer Reports has five out of 10 Toyotas on it, including the Camry Hybrid and Prius. The last time domination by a single brand of this magnitude happened was by Honda in 2003, according to USA Today, which observed also that no Hondas were found on this year’s CR […]

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As part of its corporate plan to move more vehicle production overseas, Toyota has announced it will be shifting assembly of its Highlander Hybrid to Princeton, Indiana by mid 2013. The move comes as Japan’s largest automaker attempts to minimize the impact of currency fluctuations, which are not only eating into profits at home but […]

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According to announcements made yesterday by Toyota Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada, the company plans to introduce six new hybrid vehicles by the end of 2012. Two of the new hybrids would be Toyota vehicles and two would be Lexus luxury models. The company did not spell out which models would be offered as hybrids—so […]

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The 2014 J.D. Powers Vehicle Dependability study saw a decline this year for the first time since 1998 due to a proliferation in four-cylinder engines, it said. The poll of 2011 model year cars allowed owners to report issues, and it appears a strategy employed to increase fuel and emissions efficiency has not been without […]

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As seen every year, the awaited Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Awards reveal which models the company expects will best retain its value. Yesterday was dedicated to the reveal of the 2014 awards with the 2014 Residual Analysis Report now available from Kelley Blue Book. Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) Best Resale Value Awards are based […]

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The number of hybrid gas-electric vehicles offered by Japanese car companies will multiply in the next few years. That’s evidenced by a list of upcoming hybrids reported by the trade publication Automotive News this week—providing a plausible scenario for specific hybrid models coming to the United States around 2011. We’re not talking about novel concept […]

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Toyota is in hot water, having to stop sale of various models, including the Avalon hybrid and Camry hybrid, because of an issue with flammability of seat fabric on seat heaters equipped models. Toyota said it has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it has initiated a stop sale of Avalon, Avalon […]

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Toyota announced on Friday that it will increase production of the Highlander mid-size SUV in late 2014 with a $30 million investment in Princeton. The company’s Indiana plant builds the American gas version of the Highlander and will begin producing the hybrid version before year’s end. Toyota said the project will create more than 200 […]

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