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Toyota is hedging its bets to meet increasing global emission standards, with expanded development of its gasoline-hybrid technology now added to the list. The automaker said today it will expand the development of its hybrid technology over the next five years. That will support compliance with introducing more lower-emission engines as emissions standards increase in […]

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When 46-year-old chief designer Shunsaku Kodama was honored with overseeing Toyota’s hugely important 2016 Prius redesign, he mixed human elements, techie features, and was inspired by Lady Gaga. “There were very high expectations for the Prius,” said Kodama of his first assignment overseeing a revised nameplate to Automotive News. “As a concept, we were thinking […]

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Conventional gas and diesel cars will decline over the next three decades, and hybrids, plug-in cars and fuel cell vehicles will inevitably take over. This was the essence of statements by Senior Managing Officer Kiyotaka Ise who said the Japanese company foresees massive market shifts through the year 2050 at which time its sales of […]

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A rundown of the just-released 2016 Toyota Prius specifications indicates nearly a complete top-to-bottom makeover. Goals for the Japanese automaker’s perennial globally best-selling eco car have included 55 mpg, sportier handling, and – while it’s less than vocal about it – to stay fresh against a growing field of plug-in cars. The new car ought to […]

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With a teardrop profile culminating in the hatchback’s high rear deck, a recently spied camouflaged mule could easily be mistaken as the next Toyota Prius. But it isn’t. The photos, captured by AutomobileMag.com, are actually of a Hyundai hybrid in testing. To date, Hyundai has been tight-lipped about this new hybrid. It’s been known for […]

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If hybrid vehicles continue improving at their current pace, a new study said manufacturing costs will “be cut in half before 2025,” positioning hybrids to compete directly with non-hybrids for sales. John German’s technical paper, published by The International Council on Clean Transportation, named advances through the learning process, increases in vehicle production and development […]

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For those questioning the lifespan of a Toyota Prius battery, one taxi driver has 621,000 reasons why there’s no cause for concern. That’s approximately how many miles one man has logged in his Prius taxi. Manfred Dvorak, a cab driver in Austria, tells the story of his 621,000-mile (one-million kilometer) Prius in a series of […]

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Toyota announced that its next Prius will be the most efficient yet, delivering up to 40 percent thermal efficiency. This news came during last week’s Annual Spring Congress for Japan’s Society of Automotive Engineers where the automaker revealed more details about its class-leading gasoline Prius hybrid engine. “The efficiency will be realized by improving the […]

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Authorities are reporting a sharp increase in Toyota Prius break-ins as a wave of battery thefts hits California. Many of these thefts are centered around San Francisco and Sacramento, and so far the Prius has been listed as the hybrid targeted most often. Used Prius batteries, some possibly obtained illegally, have been listed on sites […]

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KBB.com has compiled a list of the ten best green cars for 2015 and placed for the second year in a row the BMW i3 at the top of its ranking. Each year the KBB.com editors compile a list of the most efficient vehicles available and then pick 10 standouts featuring a variety of price […]

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