Toyota

Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for June 2018

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of the best deals on electrified vehicles for the month of June. For full hybrids, the Ford Fusion and Toyota Avalon offer the best deals. The EPA rated 43/42/42 mpg Fusion is on offer in California with free six-year financing and a $3000 cash incentive. Also in California, the Avalon comes with…

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Toyota prefers full hybrids over EVs, PHEVs

In a new conversation with Wards Auto, Toyota’s general manager of powertrain reiterated the company’s stance that “hybrids will come ahead of full electrics,” citing the price and quality of batteries involved in EVs as an explanatory factor. Toyota has launched an electric vehicle in China, but the company’s 2030 sales projections put conventional hybrids strongly ahead of PHEVs and…

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2019 Crosstrek plug-in hybrid scheduled for late 2018

Subaru is set to launch its second iteration of a Crosstrek hybrid. The model, set to hit dealers in late 2018, will utilize a version of Toyota’s plug-in hybrid system. This PHEV system has been deployed previously in Toyota’s Prius Prime. However, when implemented in the 2019 Crosstrek PHEV, the technology will not be in combination with the Prius Prime’s…

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New marketing campaign to focus on hybrid performance

Lexus, the luxury automaker, has released a new campaign highlighting the performance gains offered in its hybrid models. The campaign, titled “Fast as h,” is meant to educate the customer on the capabilities and lower price points of Lexus’ new hybrids. The campaign is led by a commercial slated for television entitled “Cloudy with a Chance of Truth,” and opens…

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Toyota increases fuel economy in 2019 Avalon

Toyota’s 2019 Avalon hybrid offers two powertrain options, with the Avalon HV being the full hybrid. The 2019 model includes a 10% fuel economy increase off of the 2018 model year, with an increasingly high tech engine contributing to the increases. The battery in the 2019 model has also shifted locations, and is now located under the rear passenger seat,…

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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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