Toyota

Toyota’s 2019 RAV4 upgraded to 39mpg

Toyota has upgraded its RAV4 Hybrid for the 2019 model year. The vehicle carries a combined 39mpg, with a 41mpg rating for city driving. The RAV4 hybrid also offers 219hp, which is more horsepower than on offer in the non-hybrid RAV4. Eric Schaal at Autos Cheat Sheet took the vehicle for a ride, noting, “the RAV4 Hybrid was no slouch…

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Toyota ethanol hybrid vehicle in development

Toyota has announced it will introduce for sale an ethanol hybrid in Brazil within three years. The vehicle will utilize Brazil’s high blend ethanol, and will employ a modified system to use that fuel. Though Toyota has not announced the model type for the flex fuel vehicle, the automaker will likely put the engine/electric motor system into a current model.…

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An all-wheel drive Prius for the holidays?

With the release of a new set of marketing materials for the Prius in advance of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota is perhaps hinting at an all-wheel drive version. Bengt Halvorson at Green Car Reports, writes, “with a Prius churning through the snow, it’s hard to come to another conclusion. The automaker says in a greeting-card-like teaser: ‘Fall is…

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Subaru debuting two hybrids in Europe, Asia, one in North America

At the Tokyo Motor Show this month, Subaru debuted two new hybrids: the 2019 Crosstrek e-Boxer Advance Hybrid prototype and the 2019 Forester e-Boxer Hybrid. According to Torque News, the vehicles will be sold first in Japan, with a launch in Europe to follow. For the U.S. and North America market, Subaru plans to launch the Crosstrek Plug-In which will…

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Toyota, Volvo Parent discuss hybrid cooperation

Toyota, the Japanese automaker, confirmed last week that it is in talks to cooperate on hybrid technology with Geely, Volvo’s parent company. Through Volvo, Geely has expanded its hybrid offerings in recent years. Toyota, however, is a leader within the electrified industry, having brought the Prius and its progeny to market. An unnamed source hinted the cooperation would center on…

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Toyota bets on hybrid dominance for next decade

In a new article for Bloomberg, Kevin Buckland and Nao Sano discuss Toyota’s plans for the next ten years. Through some companies are focusing on electric vehicle development, Toyota has made hybrid cars its priority, even expanding its battery manufacturer’s capacity. The battery-maker, Primearth EV Energy Co., a joint venture owned by Toyota and Panasonic, has set a new goal…

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Hyundai Ioniq, Toyota Prius top fuel economy charts

Edmunds has released a new ranking of its top hybrids, and when considering fuel economy as the primary factor, the Hyundai Ioniq came in first at 58 mpg combined. As Edmunds notes, “The Ioniq tops the hybrid field with impressive mpg, but you’ll need the spartan Blue trim level to see those numbers. We’d sacrifice 3 mpg and opt for…

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Toyota continues to grow hybrid market share in Europe

Toyota Motor Europe’s first quarter results showed a not-unexpected climb in hybrid sales. The automaker has reported that 45% of its total sales on the continent were for hybrid vehicles, and in Western Europe, the rate climbs to 55%. In other words, for Europe, hybrid vehicles are quickly becoming the norm. For Toyota’s Lexus division, hybrids represent an even greater…

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Edmunds: Best hybrid cars for 2018

Edmunds has released its list of top hybrid cars for 2018. The automotive industry research group rates each car after putting it through an in-depth testing process. For standard sedan hybrids, the 2018 Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion hybrids took the top spots with each receiving four out of five stars. The 2018 Lexus RX 450h received the…

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June 2018 Hybrid Car Sales Report

Hybrid Cars has released its monthly sales numbers for hybrid and electrified vehicles for June 2018. Overall sales decreased from May, but increased over this month last year. Tesla, Toyota and Ford had particularly good months, with Honda’s new models also performing well. Tesla’s increased production numbers in the month of June contributed to its high sales total for the…

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