Toyota

Subaru to deepen ties with Toyota’s hybrid system

Subaru and Toyota have reached an agreement to rollout additional Subaru models featuring Toyota’s hybrid system. The partnership debuted with the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, and following the vehicle’s success, the two automakers will release additional vehicles. Toyota and Subaru will “jointly develop the next-generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ,” and jointly develop a “platform dedicated to battery-electric vehicles.” Green Car…

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Prius durability explained

A new piece from Torque News argues that the reason the Toyota Prius is so popular is its durability. Peter Neilson writes, “The question is, what makes the Toyota Prius such an attractive vehicle? This one word describes it: durability.” The Prius employs a specially forged engine, transmission and traction battery alongside Toyota’s hybrid system, which all contribute to the…

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July 2019 Plug-In Hybrid Sales Report

In July, 26,395 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles were sold in the U.S., a slight decrease on the number sold for the same month last year. The top-selling plug-in hybrid was the Toyota Prius Prime, which sold 1,875 units in July. The Honda Clarity PHEV sold the second-highest amount of PHEVS for the period. Tesla continued to hold the top-spot…

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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid awarded highest safety rating

Subaru has created another ultra-safe vehicle with the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in version of its classic Crosstrek model. The IIHS, a premier safety organization, has awarded the plug-in hybrid its highest award of Top Safety Pick +, according to a report from Auto Blog. The vehicle won ‘good’ marks, the highest available label, for its crash test and headlights.…

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Report: Hybrids may surpass ICE as preferred powertrain at Lexus

According to a new report from Motor Trend, the future of powertrains at Lexus could be hybrid. The luxury automaker announced it will offer all models with an electrified powertrain, and it will continue the development of its hybrid technology, beyond just an eco-solution. Lexus also announced it is developing in-wheel motors for electrified vehicles. Read more.

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Hybrids gaining greater market share at Toyota

Toyota Motor Europe has announced its sales for the first half of 2019, and with that announcement comes the news that hybrids made up 52% of the automaker’s sales in Europe thus far in 2019. Toyota sold over 280,000 hybrids. Green Car Congress attributes the uptick in hybrid’s share to the positive response customers have given the Toyota Corolla Hatchback…

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Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for June 2019

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of the best deals on hybrid and electrified vehicles. For the month of June, the best priced non-plug-in hybrid is the Ford Fusion Hybrid, which can be leased for $209/month with a little over three thousand due at signing. The top-priced plug-in hybrid for the month is a race between the Kira…

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Toyota’s 2019 RAV4 Hybrid XSE is a customer favorite

Toyota’s 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is “incredibly popular, to undersell and sugarcoat the situation a little,” according to a new report from Torque News. The hybrid has been a sales driver for the automaker, pushing the company to its highest RAV4 sales ever last month. The RAV4 hybrid comes in four style levels: LE, XLE, Limited and XSE, with the XSE…

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Toyota Tundra Hybrid to Debut in 2020

Toyota is set to launch an updated version of its Tundra pick-up truck in 2020, this time with a hybrid powertrain. According to a new report from Car Buzz, the Tundra hybrid will feature a 3.5L turbo V6 engine in combination with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. The system is rumored to be capable of 450 horsepower and 500lb-ft…

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The Top Ten: Hybrid All-Wheel Drive Edition

Auto Guide has released a list of the top ten hybrids with all-wheel drive (AWD). In the top spot is the Toyota Prius AWD-e, which is also the cheapest model in the top ten. The vehicle was updated in 2019 and the AWD version carries an electric motor on the rear axle to give the AWD version “extra grip.” The…

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