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The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid gets near-Prius-level fuel economy, and the trim level with the best battery is the cheapest one. Toyota’s replacement for its popular hybrid sedan – whose sales had been falling off this year – comes along with the thorough overhaul of its entire Camry line. After years of cars that were reliable, […]

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This year the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group will be selling as many hybrids and plug-in hybrids in the U.S. as king-of-hybrids Toyota, and what this might lead to remains to be seen. Hyundai and Kia have said their goal is to become no less than the world’s second-biggest seller of electrified vehicles by 2020, with the […]

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Toyota rolled out a 2018 Camry today in Detroit that has a more appealing design, a vastly improved interior, a more exciting drive character and a hybrid model the automaker said will have Prius-like fuel economy. A new hybrid system features a new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine conneted to a continousouly-variable transmission (CVT) that […]

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Toyota launched in Japan a program to test silicon carbide power semiconductors in hybrid vehicles. Using a Camry hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus, Toyota Motor Corporation said the tests will evaluate the performance of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, which it believes could lead to significant efficiency improvements in hybrids and other vehicles […]

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Toyota scored well in the new IIHS safety tests, including its Prius and Prius v hybrid models. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave Toyota 12 awards. In fact, Toyota said the automaker won more awards than any other automaker, including the most of the Institute’s highest honor. In all, eight Toyota and Lexus […]

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Of 23 hybrid sedans sold in the U.S., five happen to sell among the best in no small part because they’re the ones that deliver the best mpg compared to non-hybrid stablemates. Compared to otherwise nearly identical non-hybrid siblings rated in the mid-20s to low 30s, the hybrids on this list get between 13-16 mpg […]

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There are now more than six dozen alternative energy cars for sale in America, but we thought we’d summarize five that provide an exceptional balance of value and efficiency. These do relatively well in monthly sales, so that means we’re not the only ones who’ve figured out these can make sense. To be fair, we’ll […]

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Imagine building cars for over 25 years and being surprised with the keys to your own hybrid car, one that you just helped build. That is what happened to Tom Keith. He was the envy of all 7,000 Toyota Georgetown team members when the company announced he had won a 2014 Camry Hybrid in a […]

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Remember Toyota’s unintended acceleration recall nightmare from four years ago? Settling will cost Toyota $1.2 billion. Toyota announced yesterday it reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to resolve its investigation initiated in February 2010 into the communications and decision-making processes related to the company’s 2009-2010 recalls […]

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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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