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    Report: New Toyota semiconductors could increase hybrid fuel efficiency by 10%
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    Toyota may have an ace up its sleeve in the fuel economy wars, as it's developed a new type of semiconductor that will allegedly help the company's hybrids net a ten-percent improvement in fuel economy. The tech is still in development, although Toyota is already reporting five-percent gains ...

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    Motorsports: Toyota reveals new TS040 Hybrid LMP1 [w/videos, poll]
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    There's a new season of motor racing upon us, and while that doesn't always mean a new crop of cars in every series, in the case of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, that's exactly what it means. Porsche recently revealed its new 919 Hybrid and Audi its revised R18 E-Tron Quattro. Now ...

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    Tokyo: Toyota Harrier gets a whale of a facelift [w/video]
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    Historically, the Toyota Harrier has been a doppelgänger for North America's Lexus RX – at some points, it was little more than a badge-swap and a few options away, at least aesthetically. That appears to be changing with this just-revealed new generation at the Tokyo Motor ...

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    Quick Spin: Toyota Crown Royal Saloon Hybrid [w/video]
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    We don't often come into contact with the Toyota Crown Hybrid, especially in colors other than pink. But when Toyota offered us the keys and a half-hour window to test out the Japanese version of the Lexus GS on US soil not long ago, we had to accept. Driving Notes: We'll start with the ...

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    Report: Toyota to buck engine downsizing trend, may go larger and turbo-free
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    Turbocharging isn't really Toyota's specialty, and the Japanese automaker isn't being shy about acknowledging it. Koei Saga, a senior managing officer in charge of drivetrain research and development, says that eschewing turbos and increasing displacement of engines using the Atkinson cycle can ...

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    Recalls: Toyota and Lexus recalling 235,000 hybrid CUVs and sedans over separate issues
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    When it rains, it pours. Toyota has announced a pair of separate but voluntary North America recalls covering approximately 235,000 vehicles built between 2006 and 2011. The larger of the two recalls targets Toyota's hybridized crossovers, the Lexus RX400h and Toyota Highlander Hybrid. 133,000 ...

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    Teased: 400-hp Toyota Hybrid-R Concept gets second teaser
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    Toyota has released a second teaser of its Hybrid-R Concept, along with an estimation of the show car's power output. Using technology that's "similar to that used by Toyota Racing's TS030 Hybrid race car," the concept is expected to deliver over 400 horsepower. The press release also mentions ...

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    Report: Next Lexus RX previewed with JDM Toyota Harrier?
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    Japanese site CarWatch has revealed images of the next-generation Toyota Harrier, known to US and European buyers as the Lexus RX. The new model features a considerably more aggressive fascia in keeping with some of the latest Lexus design trends, while the back features a pair of wide, ...

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    Video: Toyota Prius owners targeted by tire-slashing VA vandal
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    Toyota Prius owners aren't bad folks. With a few exceptions, they're just normal people who appreciate the comfortable, high-mileage hybrid. Someone in Arlington, Virginia doesn't see it that way, though, as 14 examples (and one Smart) had at least one tire slashed last Sunday night. The serial ...

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    Official: Toyota Avalon gets 40-MPG hybrid model for 2013
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    Given that the 2013 Avalon shares a platform with the new Lexus ES, this news should come as no surprise: Toyota's largest sedan is getting its own hybrid variant for the first time ever. Judging by these first photos, carspotters will have to squint hard to tell that they're looking at a hybrid, ...

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    Beijing: Toyota debuts China-only Yundong Shuangqing hybrid concept in Beijing
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    It's not the most pronounceable model name, but that's not our problem, is it? Toyota debuted its sharply styled Yundong Shuangqing hybrid concept at the Beijing Motor Show today, announcing that a production version will be sold in China at some point in the future. The Yundong Shuangqing was ...

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    Breaking: Ford, Toyota will partner on RWD hybrid system for trucks and SUVs
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    Is the Prius V not big enough for you? Then you'll probably be interested to learn that Ford and Toyota announced a partnership today to develop a new hybrid system for SUVs and light trucks. The "equal partners" deal should result in a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain that will be ready ...

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    Toyota passes three million hybrid mark
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    Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Toyota has sold just over three million hybrids globally since it introduced its first, the Toyota Coaster Hybrid EV bus in 1997, followed that same year by the first-gen Prius. More impressive is the fact that more than a million of ...

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    Toyota confirms Yaris HSD concept gas-electric for Geneva
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    2012 Toyota Vitz/Yaris – Click above for image gallery Toyota has big plans to wade into the hybridized B-segment in Europe, and it looks like we may get a peek at the automaker's first effort in that department at the Geneva Motor Show. The Japanese manufacturer has confirmed that it will ...

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    Report: Toyota plans to add turbo, direct-injection to most of lineup
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    Toyota has big plans for its model lineup, as the automaker intends to introduce 11 new or redesigned vehicles by 2012. This will be accomplished by offering hybrid versions of existing models, as well as introducing all-new hybrid vehicles. However, Toyota's focus isn't going to be entirely on ...

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    Meet the man who quietly profits from every hybrid sold
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    Alex Severinsky is a Russian man who came to the United States in 1978. He graduated from Ukraine's Kharkiv University of Radioelectronics in 1967 before moving on to an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. from Moscow's Institute for Precision Measurements in Radioelectronics and Physics in 1975. That's ...

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    Toyota and Lexus combine to capture 73.9% of hybrid sales in July
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    Last week, we informed you that sales of the Toyota Prius had sharply dropped off this July, falling some 30 percent from the reported numbers a year ago, yet Toyota was pleased with the results. While it seemed rather odd that ...

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    Toyota's hybrid sales break a million in Japan, Prius still on top
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    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Back in August of 1997, Toyota launched its Coaster Hybrid EV minibus, the company's first hybrid vehicle. Though the Coaster Hybrid is not a common name, it was the vehicle that started the hybrid revolution at Toyota. The ...

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    Followup: Toyota and Severinsky settle hybrid patent dispute ahead of ITC hearing; Ford also settles
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    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Following on the heels of our earlier report about yesterday's scheduled hearing between Toyota and Alex Severinsky at the International Trade Commission came word that the parties have settled. Neither side has released any details ...

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    Toyota CEO wants to add "fun to drive" to eco-friendly vehicles
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    Toyota MR2 Sports Hybrid Concept – Click above for image gallery
    It's been far too long since Toyota's products have been imbued with anything short of clinical, appliance-like precision. Handling prowess and communicative steering has taken a back seat to ruthless efficiency, especially ...

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