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Review: 2010 Toyota Prius a miser with new moves

When car buyers think of hybrids, the name that most often springs to mind is the Toyota Prius since it was the first really practical hybrid to come to market and has sold more than any other examples. Yes, of course, the original Honda Insight beat the Prius to market in the U.S. by about six months, but the tiny two-seater sold in equally tiny numbers and had limited appeal beyond hard core hyper milers. In the coming weeks, Toyota dealers will start getting their first allotments of the all-new third-generation Prius, and while we got to spend a few hours with one on the west coast... Read More

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    Chicago 2010: Toyota shows off Camry Hybrid pace car
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    Last year at the Chicago Auto Show, Ford trotted out a version of its new 2010 Fusion Hybrid that had been the first hybrid vehicle to pace a NASCAR event. Toyota used the exact same show one year later to show off its Camry Hybrid pace car, which was the first hybrid vehicle to pace an entire race. You say pot-a-to, I say pot-ah-to... Just as we ...

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    Chicago 2010: Bad Timing Dept. - Prius MotorWeek Drivers' Choice winner; Toyota declines JDM award
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    By February of each year, we are always right in the middle of awards season, and no, we're not talking about the Golden Globes, Grammys or Oscars. We are, of course, referring to Car and Truck of the Year awards, Ten Best lists and the like. A brace of trophies had already been handed out at the Detroit Auto Show and here at the Chicago Auto Show, a few ...

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    Want to win a 2010 Toyota Prius? Get in line at the Chicago Auto Show
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    We'll be on hand next month at the Chicago Auto Show, covering the goings-on at the event as usual. But we'll be long-gone by February 21st, the last day of the show, which is when Chicago-area Toyota dealerships will be giving away a brand-new 2010 Toyota Prius. One lucky winner will be chosen from all the eligible entrants that become fans of the ...

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    Detroit 2010: Toyota confirms "Prius Family"
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    Along with the launch of the FT-CH Concept here at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota also let out a juicy little tidbit that's been rumored for quite some time: a so-called Prius Family of vehicles. Says Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor Sales president, "The strategy is still taking shape and obviously it will require additional models to qualify as a family. Among ...

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    Detroit Preview: Toyota teases new hybrid concept vehicle
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    Toyota, the Undisputed Heavyweight Hybrid Champion of the World, has just announced that it will unveil a new gas-electric concept vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show next month. Beyond that, details are decidedly scarce. As a dedicated model, this apparently won't be a hybridized version of a current Toyota model but a new vehicle entirely, and, judging by ...

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    LA 2009: The plug-in Prius makes its North American debut
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    Toyota rather unceremoniously parked their plug-in Prius at its North American market debut during the LA Auto Show, while their new Sienna minivan got a royal welcome at its coming out party. At a show that saw the production-ish Chevrolet Volt appearing in public for the first time, it might have seemed likely that Toyota would have made a bigger deal ...

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    LA 2009: Toyota debuts its plug-in Prius for North America
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    Toyota rather unceremoniously parked their plug-in Prius hybrid prototype at its North American market debut during the LA Auto Show, while their new Sienna minivan got a royal welcome at its coming out party. At a show that saw the production-ish Chevrolet Volt appearing in public for the first time, it might have seemed likely that Toyota would have ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Toyota Prius claims Japan Car of the Year title
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    For the past 30 years, Japan has declared a car of the year, an award given to newly-released or redesigned vehicles released from November 1st of the previous year to October 1st of the current year. More than 60 jurors composed of Japanese journalists receive an allocation of votes, and the car with the most votes comes away with the crown. This year, ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Toyota Prius claims Japan Car of the Year title
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    For the past 30 years, Japan has declared a car of the year, an award given to newly released or redesigned vehicles released from November 1st of the previous year to October 1st of the current year. More than 60 jurors composed of Japanese journalists receive an allocation of votes, and the car with the most votes comes away with the crown. This year ...

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    2010 Green Car of the Year finalists announced, diesels vs. hybrids
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    Last year, Volkswagen's new Jetta TDI was named the 2009 Green Car of the Year at the LA Auto Show, which means that the Volkswagen Golf TDI has a bit of baggage if it wants to win the 2010 award. Regardless, the Golf was named one of five finalists today, along with the Audi A3 TDI, the Honda Insight, the Mercury Milan Hybrid and the Toyota Prius. Odd that ...

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    2010 Green Car of the Year finalists - three hybrids, two diesels - announced
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    Last year, Volkswagen's Jetta TDI was named the 2009 Green Car of the Year at the LA Auto Show, which means that the Volkswagen Golf TDI has a bit of baggage if it wants to try and win the 2010 award. Regardless, the Golf was named one of five finalists today, along with the Audi A3 TDI, the Honda Insight, the Mercury Milan Hybrid and the Toyota Prius. ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: 2010 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid can't get any greener
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    One day, children will be taken to a Museum of Momentous Moments, and there among artist's impressions of the missing link and the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs will be an example of the first Toyota Prius. The placard next to it will declare that it is the car that turned green... green. The standard bearer for all that makes Mother Nature ...

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    Frankfurt Preview: More on Toyota's new lithium-ion Plug-in Prius
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    Toyota's new generation plug-in hybrid Prius will be shown for the first time next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and now we've got some new images and details. As expected, the PHEV Prius will be equipped with a lithium-ion battery pack. The hybrid synergy drive system has been upgraded for the PHEV allowing the Prius to operate in EV mode at speeds ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #124
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    Chris, Sam and Dan kick it again for Episode #124 of the Autoblog Podcast. This time, we touch on Toyota's competitive Prius price posturing, the Shanghai Motor Show, where Chinese automakers are finding their design footing, and Chrysler Financial's flap over executive compensation and government money. Some good questions from listeners landed in our ...

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    Hybrids dominate the Intellichoice Best Overall Value of the Year Awards
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    IntelliChoice used the Chicago Auto Show to announce its Best Overall Value of the Year Awards, and, lo and behold, it's loaded up with hybrid and eco-friendly vehicles. Included in the list of winners for 2009 are: This list serves as another reminder that hybrid vehicles have really started making their mark on the automotive marketplace. There's ...

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    Chicago 2009: Photo fun with the 2010 Toyota Prius
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    Ahh, the fun you can have when an auto show isn't exactly busy. Today at the Chicago Auto Show, we found a 2010 Toyota Prius spinning on a stand all by itself (see also: Saturn Flextreme in D.C. last week). With not all that much to do ourselves, we set the camera to a slow shutter speed and spent some time with our fisheye lens aimed at the car. Turns ...

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    Detroit 2009: next-gen 2010 Toyota Prius will get 50 mpg
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    The 2010 Prius debuted today in Detroit and, well, it's a new Prius. But it's also a little bit more in a lot of little ways. First, if all you care about is mileage, the number you need to know is a combined rating of 50 mpg, based on Toyota's own internal testing. That bump in MPGs (up from 46 in the current model) comes from a larger and more powerful ...

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    Detroit 2009: Third-gen Prius arrives with 50 mpg combined rating [w/VIDEO]
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    After teasing us for months with photos of switches and boot up screens, followed by a leak of the whole car, Toyota finally dropped the third generation 2010 Prius today in Detroit. We already heard many of the mechanical details over the past year or so, but today it was confirmed that the Prius will get a combined EPA rating of 50 mpg. That's 50 mpg ...

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    Detroit 2009: One last 2010 Prius teaser
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    The Toyota press conference to unveil the brand new third-generation Prius will start in about half an hour. So, while we still can, let's build up the anticipation a bit with one last teaser image. I know you've been enjoying all the random switches and features we've been teased with thus far, so this time we're showing you nothing. Well, nothing but the ...

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    Toyota to postpone vehicle production at Mississippi plant
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    In a move that's quickly becoming a distinct sign of the times, Toyota has officially announced that it will delay the launch of U.S.-built Toyota Prius at its upcoming Mississippi plant. The plant near Tupelo, which has so far cost the Japanese automaker about $300 million, is about 90% complete but has yet to be fully staffed in preparation of Job One, ...

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