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Consumer Reports has named Lexus its top-ranked brand for overall reliability and performance while the Prius was named again “Top Pick” in the Green Car category. In the shopping guide’s rankings of the top automotive brands, Lexus’ overall score of 79 out of 100 was the best of the 23 brands based on the average […]

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A fourth-generation, sportier Toyota Prius, due more than a year from now, “will have a new type of hybrid system” as well as Toyota’s most thermally efficient gasoline engine. Toyota’s updated top-selling hybrid that’s been offered in the U.S. since 2000 will be based on a modular platform called Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). The […]

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Yesterday, as Toyota Motor Corporation announced it will be launching more hybrids, it said it has crossed the six million unit global milestone in record time. Its 6.072 million sales include cumulative deliveries of its brands including Toyota, Lexus and other regional nameplates through the end of December 2013. Toyota added the latest million-unit milestone […]

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After unveiling the FCV fuel cell vehicle in Tokyo this November, Toyota announced the concept vehicle will make its U.S. debut this January in Las Vegas during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The FCV is a sedan-based fuel cell concept vehicle. Toyota said the reveal will feature the North America debut of the concept […]

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There are many ways to rank passenger cars, but for those wanting a hybrid car with the absolute best fuel economy, we thought we’d look past size and type categories and go simply for mpg. Based on U.S. government efficiency ratings, the top-five are regular full hybrids – not the “mild” variety – proving that […]

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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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While more makes and models are on their way, the number of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) available now in the U.S. can still be still counted on the fingers of one hand. Each is positioned as functional, fuel-efficient, low-emissions, mainstream-priced, and subsidy eligible, but is any one of them a stand-out “best?” We’re more […]

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As of October 2013, hybrids have been purchased by three million Americans since Honda introduced the Insight in December 1999 and sold its first 17 units. After that, and the rise of the Toyota Prius beginning in 2000, automakers have introduced more hybrid cars, SUVs, trucks and in 2013 the U.S. has 40 models being […]

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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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Toyota’s Prius family was awarded for a second year in a row the Consumer Guide Editors’ Choice Best Buy. Among its annual Best Buys, Consumer Guide Automotive picks a vehicle that stands out above the rest—regardless of class—with its Editors’ Choice Best Buy award; its editors chose the Prius family once again. The publication explained […]

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