Toyota

Global hybrid sales increased in 2017

Leading the pack for automakers, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai / Kia and other Japanese and South Korean OEMs sold over two million hybrid and plug-in cars in 2017. Toyota, as is the trend, sold the most hybrid vehicles for the year, contributing to the industry’s fourteen percent growth over 2016. As Ward’s Auto points out, Toyota “dwarfs all other brands including…

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Lexus UX200 and UX250h Hybrid SUVs debut this week

Lexus is set to debut two new hybrid models at the New York Auto Show. The UX 200 and UX250h, both small crossover utility vehicles, offer a variety of new features with the goal “to lure first-time buyers into the luxury brand” according to Green Car Reports. The UX250h is the hybrid of the two, and comes fully equipped with…

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Flexible fuel hybrid vehicle prototype unveiled in Brazil

Toyota debuted a next-gen fuel-flexible model in Brazil recently. The model is at its core a Prius, but with a new powertrain system that is capable of handling both gasoline and alternative fuels like ethanol, a product mass-produced in Brazil. Toyota developed the model as a new option for the rapidly green-ing country. The hybrid flexible-fuel vehicle (Hybrid FFV) is…

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Lexus unveils new UX250h hybrid SUV in Geneva

Lexus reached a milestone this week with its reveal of its new hybrid crossover vehicle. The Lexus UX250h is slightly shorter than the Lexus RX crossover, but other changes are less obvious. The hybrid has all wheel-drive, and is powered by dual electric motors in combination with a gas motor and nickel metal-hydride battery. One interesting feature- the UX250h is…

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Toyota to phase out diesel in Europe

Toyota has announced that beginning this year, it will start to remove diesel from its lineup of passenger car models in Europe. The move does not affect Toyota’s commercial vehicle offerings on the continent–diesel engines will still be available in the coming years. The car company has seen a dramatic shift in its sales mix over the last ten years,…

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Toyota introduces new, more efficient hybrid system with powertrain advances

Toyota recently announced a new, more efficient and environmentally friendly powertrain featuring a new continuously variable transmission and 6-speed manual transmission, among other innovations. The updated powertrain will feature in cars across the global starting in this spring. Green Car Congress has an in-depth feature on Toyota’s new system. Read more.

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More SUV hybrids available than ever before

SUVs have always been a popular choice among consumers, and with new hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full electric SUVs reaching the market, consumers have more choices than ever before. Front-runners in the hybrid category include the Lexus RX 450H AWD and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. Electric models include the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-PACE. For more hybrid SUV options,…

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Pricing innovation at Lexus inspires customers to go green

In 2017, Lexus cut the price of its 2018 hybrid NX crossover to put it in line with the NX300 non-hybrid model, bringing the price disparity down to a mere $950. The move was an innovative attempt to inspire customers who thought hybrid was out of reach to spring for the hybrid model–and it’s actually working. Steph Williams at TTAC…

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Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid nets highest EPA mpg rating

In a new ranking by Motor 1, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid leads the field among the ten most fuel-efficient hybrids. The Ioniq Hybrid has an EPA mpg rating of 57 miles in the city and 59 on a highway. Toyota has the number 2 and 3 spots in the Motor 1 ranking with its Prius and Camry Hybrid, respectively. The…

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Subaru to join the hybrid pack

Subaru will launch its first plug-in hybrid later this year. The company is finally making good on its 2013 promise of a hybrid vehicle. Though Subaru has not yet announced which of its models will utilize a hybrid system, it has stated that the PHEV will employ the same system found in Toyota’s Prius Prime. Beyond PHEVs, Subaru looks to…

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