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Toyota knows the Camry’s strengths and weaknesses; it knows competition is becoming more intense, and the extensively revised 2015 model is its answer. Officially, it’s being called a mid-cycle refresh, as only three years ago the Camry was overhauled inside, out, and under the hood. This time around the model line, including the hybrid we […]

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For 2015 the RX 450h hybrid carries forward as an alternative in Lexus’ best-selling line of vehicles. Like low-calorie cake, the highly contented RX 450h in all-wheel- or front-wheel-drive lets drivers oxymoronically indulge without the gas-guzzling guilt assuming they can justify its $6,650 premium to get an extra 9 mpg over RX 350 compatriots. The […]

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Since launching the Prius to its home market in 1997, Toyota has globally expanded hybrid models and sales, and yesterday announced it had sold its seven millionth car. In the U.S. alone, “well over” two million Lexus and Toyota hybrids have been sold, and the automaker has two-thirds hybrid passenger vehicle market share followed by […]

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Toyota’s Prius v is the wagon in the four-model Prius line-up, and returns unchanged for 2014 along with its outstanding spaciousness-to-mpg ratio. Called the “v” for versatility, the mid-sized car borrows its powertrain and styling cues from the world’s best-selling hybrid, the Prius Liftback, and ranks in the U.S.’ top-five. Now a couple years into […]

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The simplest definition for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) is one that relies on two different power sources. Beyond that, a plethora of terms being bandied about today can make things appear unnecessarily complicated. Cutting through the sea of words, hybrids can basically be divided into three main types: These are: full hybrids, mild hybrids, […]

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Why mess with a good thing when your world-famous hatchback dominates with one-quarter the U.S. sales among 45 other hybrids, and none of them come even close in volume? This thought probably occurred to Toyota as it kept the midsize Prius Liftback it redesigned for 2010 the same in 2014, just like it did in […]

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Counting all makes and models of hybrid passenger cars and trucks sold in the United States, as of October the tally crossed the 3 million unit mark. At the end of September, cumulative year-to-date hybrid sales were at 2,982,186 units since hybrids were first launched over a dozen years ago, and with October’s 33,561, the […]

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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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Today Ford Motor Co. and Toyota agreed to separate from joint development of gas-electric hybrid systems for SUVs and pickup trucks upon the completion of the initial research and development phase of a two-year-old agreement. Both companies declined to name specific models of light duty trucks and passenger vehicles that would have benefited from the […]

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When Toyota announced its redesigned 2013 Avalon flagship last year, among the most significant revelations was it would offer a hybrid version alongside the traditional V6. The move is part of Toyota’s ongoing effort to introduce hybridized examples of its various models and it was a good time to do it. Why? Because the Avalon […]

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