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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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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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Race cars with hybrid powertrains place first and second in 24-hour Le Mans

Toyota has pushed endurance car racing toward an electrified future with its wins at the 24 hour Le Mans competition held last week. The automaker’s vehicles took the top two spots in the LMP1 Class and were the only hybrid entries in this year’s competition. The Toyota TS050 Hybrid models featured a 2.4L V6 engine with electric assist, and the…

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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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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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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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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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January 2018 Hybrid Car Sales Report

Hybridcars.com reports that January 2018 saw increased sales from the same month last year. However, as can be expected, total sales were down off of December. There were 22,017 hybrids sold domestically in January. Toyota again is a category leader, with three of the five top-selling hybrid models. There were 6,085 battery electric vehicles sold in January. The Tesla Model…

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