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A couple of weeks ago, we described the battle between Honda and Toyota for the emerging small hybrid segment. Compacts with battery packs and motors could become the most affordable and highest MPG cars on the road—pushing hybrid technology deep into the mainstream market. Yet, the $19,200 Honda Insight and $20,000 Honda CR-Z are the […]

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Sales of the Yaris and Yaris Hybrid are on a roll and to keep up with demand, Toyota announced it will start operating a third production shift at its European Yaris factory starting June 2014. This will allow Toyota to boost production of both the Toyota Yaris and the Toyota Yaris Hybrid. Toyota added this […]

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Imagine a Prius c with all-wheel-drive and a race engine pushing over four-times the motive force and you have an idea of the 420-horsepower Yaris Hybrid-R. Actually the Prius c is around one-and-a-half inches longer in wheelbase than the Yaris, and four inches longer overall, but the idea is close for the factory concept to […]

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Toyota has released an image and some primary details about its gas- and fuel-cell powered Yaris Hybrid-R concept ahead of its full reveal at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show next month. The car has “intelligent all-wheel drive capability” and makes use of a 1.6-liter Global Race Engine from Toyota Motorsport in addition to two electric […]

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Showing just a glimpse of a stylized body and large alloy wheels shod with very low-profile tires, Toyota is continuing with the now-familiar tactic of “teasing” its pending Hybrid-R Concept to be shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Sept. 10. This is not your normal Toyota hybrid. The concept car is based on a […]

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North America will now be sourcing its Yaris subcompact hatchbacks from France rather than Japan. Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) today held an official ceremony to mark the start of production on May 6 of its Toyota Yaris compact car for export to the United States of America, Canada and Puerto Rico. The model produced […]

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In what could become the next chapter of the hybrid car saga, Toyota is planning to produce small, affordable high-mpg hybrids. The downsizing of hybrids, at first in Europe and Asia, could represent the technology’s shift to mainstream global markets where economies of scale would mean dramatic increases in hybrid production. The Mid-Japan Economist newspaper […]

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Toyota’s Prius proved its reliability again in this year’s release of the annual TÜV reliability report. Toyota leads the internationally respected survey with no fewer than 15 models earning a top 10 ranking, including both current and older vehicles. It’s the fourth year running that Toyota has emerged the leading manufacturer in the independent survey, […]

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Today, at 2:46 pm, Japan came to a stand-still, again. Trains and subways stopped. People did fold their hands, faced in the general direction of the northeastern coast of Tohoku, and said a silent prayer. Japan and the world marked the one year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that left whole towns razed, more […]

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When I called Toyota’s new Aqua / Prius C affordable compact hybrid first a “gamechanger,” then an “engineering feat,” this attracted the attention of self-styled jargon vigilantes. They demanded equal platitudes to be bestowed on domestic models. In the meantime, the Japanese game changer threatens to change Toyota’s best laid plans: It sells ten times […]

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