Toyota

Toyota: Hybrid technology remains central part of strategy

While other automakers are increasing their electric offerings, Toyota says hybrid technology will remain central to its strategy. “With hybrid technology at the center, Toyota will offer fuel-cell vehicles, plug-in hybrids, gasoline cars, and — although we’re a little bit late — electric vehicles,” said Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda. “We’re not thinking about deciding that now it must…

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Toyota Global Hybrids Sales Surpass 10 Million

Toyota has sold more than 10 million hybrid vehicles, including plug-in hybrids. The milestone was achieved just nine months after total sales reached 9 million units in April 2016. The automaker’s North America cumulative sales exceeded three million hybrids at the end of 2016. “When we launched Prius, no one even knew what a hybrid was, but, thanks to early…

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BMW, Toyota partnership produces new Z4 plug-in hybrid

The partnership between BMW and Toyota will produce two dynamic new sports cars, including hybrid versions of the BWM Z4 roadster and the iconic Toyota Supra. Auto World News reports that both cars will ride on a brand new chassis that will use lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum. The chassis will allow each brand to design completely…

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Toyota may open hybrid system to competitors

Toyota has announced it may open up its hybrid technology to other automakers. HybridCars.com reported that Toyota will consider selling its hybrid powertrain modules — including engines, transmissions, and other drivetrain components — to other automakers. Such a move could help push the industry toward adopting electrified vehicle technologies. “It will be an historic cultural shift for Toyota, long known…

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Toyota expands hybrid system development to cut emissions

Toyota will expand the development of its hybrid technology over the next five years to speed up the introduction of lower-emission engines in the face of stricter global emissions standards, Reuters reports. Toyota is also stepping up the development of longer-range battery-electric cars. The push comes as regulators require automakers to produce more electric cars. Read more.

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USA Today: Scads of new electric, hybrid offerings on the way

Noting that “gas prices are low, but interest in alternate energy and fuel efficient vehicles remains high,” USA Today recently showcased nearly a dozen new electric and hybrid vehicles on the market. The featured cars include the Acura NSX, Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Cruze and Equinox, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model 3, Toyota Prius Prime, 2017 Toyota Highlander, and 2016 Volvo S90. The article notes that interest…

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Review: Prius Prime Makes Toyota a Legitimate Plug-in Hybrid Player

PluginCars.com recently reviewed the 2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid — and says that plug-in buyers should put it “high up on their shopping list.” After years of ambivalence about plug-in hybrids, this new offering will finally give Toyota “a legitimate plug-in hybrid” when it hits U.S. dealerships next month. One complaint: the Prius Prime only has room for four passengers.…

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Toyota enjoying strong hybrid sales in Europe

Hybrids now account for one-third of Toyota’s light-vehicle sales and nearly two-thirds of Lexus sales, Wards Auto reports. In Western Europe, 98% of Lexus buyers opt for hybrid models. Toyota announced at the Paris AutoShow that it is adding three new hybrids to its European lineup, including the Toyota C-HR Hybrid, the new-generation Prius Plug-In Hybrid, and the Lexus LC 500h coupe.…

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Five Hybrids That Deliver Value

CheatSheet.com has good news for hybrid buyers looking for a value: Many hybrids that deliver superior fuel economy can be found with little or no premium over traditional models. Here are the five best value hybrids on the market in 2016: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited ($33,610, 33 mpg, $700 premium) Toyota Prius Two ($24,400, 52 mpg, $1,130 premium) Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium ($30,940,…

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