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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 adopters, hybrids have ridden a wave of success into the mainstream,” said Takeshi Uchiyamada, known as the father of the Prius and co-chairman of Toyota’s Board of Directors.

Toyota estimates that the use of its hybrid vehicles have saved 7.66 million gallons of gas.

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Hyundai Ioniq offers three electrified powertrain choices

The Hyundai Ioniq is the first vehicle to offer three electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated platform.

The Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid feature an engine that has been specifically tailored to the hybrid application and is combined with a quick-shifting six-speed double-clutch transmission — differentiating Ioniq from its key competitors with a more dynamic and engaging driving experience.

The Ioniq Electric has an estimated driving range of 124 miles and an EPA-estimated 136 MPGe rating, the highest efficiency rating of any electric vehicle sold in the U.S. market.

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Pricing details for the new Hyundai Ioniq

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The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is now beginning to hit U.S. showrooms, and Green Car Reports has pricing information. The Ioniq Hybrid starts at $23,035, while the Ioniq Electric model starts at $30,035. A plug-in hybrid version of the Ioniq is also available.

The pricing does not take into account any federal, state, or local incentives that may apply to the Ioniq Electric model.

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Hyundai offers lifetime warranty for Ioniq battery

If the battery pack on your Hyundai Ioniq fails, Hyundai will replace it free of charge. The automakers has offer a lifetime warranty on its previous electrified vehicles.

The warranty applies to complete failure of the lithium-ion battery packs in these vehicles, not to any degradation in battery capacity that may occur over time.

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The complete guide to 2017 plug-in hybrids

Green Car Reports has gathered data for every plug-in hybrid vehicle on the market today. The reports shows the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (plus any mandatory destination and handling fees) as well as fuel efficiency numbers for each vehicle.

The plug-in with the best fuel economy and most affordable:the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime ($27,985) with 133 MPGe. The most expensive: the 2017 BMW i8 ($141,695) with 76 MPGe. The longest electric-only range: the 2017 Chevrolet Volt ($34,095) with a range of 53 miles.

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February 2017 Deals on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Green Car Reports highlights the best deals this month on hybrid and electric vehicles:

2017 Kia Niro: Lease options start at $219/month for 39 months, with $1,999 due at signing. Offer expires February 28.

2017 Lexus CT 200h: Lease options start at $299/month for 36 months, with $1,099 due at signing.

2017 Chevrolet Volt: Lease options start at $270/month for 39 months in California, Oregon, and the Northeast, with $500 due at signing.

2016 Ford Focus Electric: Lease options start at $119/month for 36 months, with $669 due at signing.

2016 Kia Soul EV: Lease options start at $169/month for 39 months, with $999 due at signing.

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Hyundai Ioniq debuts this week

HybridCars.com reports that the hybrid and all-electric versions of the new Hyundai Ioniq will launch this week in the US, with the plug-in hybrid version being released in September. A marketing campaign is expected to begin in March.

The Ioniq’s high fuel economy – 58 mpg – is better than the Toyota Prius.

The Ioniq vehicle lineup is central to the Korean automaker’s plans to roll out several new green vehicle offerings in the coming years. By 2020, Hyundai will have five hybrids, four plug-in hybrids, four all-electric, and one fuel-cell vehicle on the market.

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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 different bodies that will not look anything alike.

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Nissan announces 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid SV pricing

Motor Trend reports that the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid SV will carry only a small premium when it hits dealerships. The $27,180 price tag is about $1,000 more than a comparable gas-only Rogue.

The Rogue Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine and 30-kilowatt electric motor with a fuel economy rating of 33/35/34 mpg combined.

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Three Plug-In Hybrids That Make Financial Sense

CheatSheet.com has profiled three plug-in hybrids that make great financial sense when compared to gasoline-only counterparts:

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: This plug-in model starts at $34,495 when you account for the $7,500 tax credit available. The Pacifica Hybrid can travel about 30 miles on a full charge and gets 80 MPGe, saving drivers more than $1,500 per year compared to a standard Pacifica (28 MPG combined).

Toyota Prius Prime: The Prius Prime, available starting at $22,600 (with a $4,500 federal tax credit), makes it more affordable than the standard hybrid. The plug-in model has an electric range of 25 miles and a 133 MPGe fuel economy rating.

Ford Fusion Energi: Ford is offering the Fusion Energi Titanium at nearly the same price as a standard Fusion SE. More savings come with regular charging of a car that gets 19 electric miles and over 80 MPGe.

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