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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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    Dutch Toyota dealer has plans for old Prius batteries as solar backup
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    A Toyota dealer in the Netherlands is looking to the sky for power. The Louwman Hague Toyota dealership has put almost 1,000 solar panels on the roof, and there might be some Prius hybrid batteries involved. Our Dutch isn't as good as it could be and our questions to Toyota in the US haven't turned up any definitive answers, but there is some mention that ...

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    Local production could improve Toyota Prius' fortunes in China
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    The Toyota Prius is the world's most popular hybrid vehicle, but it may take domestic production capabilities for the model to achieve a high level of popularity in China. Japan-based Toyota is aiming to produce an increasing percentage of Prius components in China in order to bring down its price there, Bloomberg News reports. Eventually, the goal is to ...

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    Auctions: eBay Find of the Day: Harley-Davidson powered Toyota Prius [w/video]
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    Sometimes we pluck cars from the listings of eBay Motors because they're old and interesting, some for being simply lovely, some for rarity and some for pure fun. And sometimes we pick eBay Finds of the Day, because they're hacked apart Toyota Prius' with Harley Davidson V-twin-power; concocted by the same mind that brought you innumerable Jalopnik ...

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    Toyota's 'green bond' an industry first, quickly rises to $1.75 billion
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    Toyota is greasing the skids for more green car purchases with the announcement of a $1.75-billion bond designed to finance the purchase of high-efficiency Toyota and Lexus models. The Asset-Backed Green Bond is a first for the automotive industry and is making a lot of money available to buy or lease the following vehicles: any of the four Prius ...

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    Toyota Prius remains best-selling vehicle in California, wireless charging tests underway
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    About one in every nine new cars in the US are sold in the California. If we're just looking at the four Toyota Prius hybrid variants, then the number becomes closer to one in three. Tesla Model S battery-electric vehicle sales? Try one in 2.7. For the second straight year, the Prius was the best-selling car in the Golden State. Toyota sold 69,728 ...

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    Recalls: Toyota recalling 1.9M Prius models globally for software update
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    Toyota has announced a set of voluntary recalls covering 960,000 Prius, RAV4, Tacoma and Lexus RX350 models in the United States to address two separate issues. Worldwide, Toyota will have to recall a total of 1.9 million Prius cars. The Prius recall affects about 700,000 2010-2014 models in the US, due to a fault in the motor/generator control ECU and ...

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    Report: Details about next-gen Toyota Prius emerge
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    The Toyota Prius is undeniably the king of the hybrid market in the United States, with a 39.4 percent market share in 2013. With the next-generation Prius likely to go on sale in 2015, Toyota is trying to build an even more efficient hybrid to keep its control of the market. Keeping cost down will be one of the major concerns of the new Prius. The next ...

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    Toyota ready to design more heart-racing Prius
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    Long praised for its fuel economy and reliability, the Toyota Prius has been no stranger to less-than-flattering remarks about its styling and sense of excitement. In fact, the model is a regular movie punchline. For evidence, see Mark Wahlberg in The Other Guys or, more recently, Ice Cube in Ride Along. Apparently, Toyota President Akido Toyoda is ...

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    2014 Toyota Prius crash test rating drops to four stars
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    If nothing has changed, then how come something changed? That's the question behind the recent drop from five to four stars in the crash test rating for the Toyota Prius. As you can see on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, the 2014 Prius gets four stars overall while the 2013 got five. The two cars are basically ...

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    Toyota sold a million hybrids in last nine months, 6M since 1997
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    Toyota's first hybrid model – the Prius – went on sale in 1997 in Japan. It took 14 years for the company to see a cumulative total of three million hybrids (a mark reached in March 2011). Today, Toyota announced that its global sales figures of all of its gas-electric models (and there are a lot of them now, including ones we've barely heard ...

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    In Jamaica, it's not easy to sell or buy hybrid cars
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    Jamaica's mellow reputation and Rasta vibe contributes to an international reputation of an island nation that moves at a leisurely pace. And the term "leisurely" certainly applies to the rate of sales of hybrids there. And we thought Mitsubishi i sales in the US have been slow. The country's Toyota dealership is still in the process of explaining ...

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    Toyota FT-1 hints at Supra, more aggressive hybrids
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    Toyota showed off the new FT-1 performance concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show today, and the obvious story angle is that this is the new Supra. That's enough weight for most concept cars to carry, but then we thought about it a bit more - FT-1 stands for "Future Toyota 1," after all - and re-read the hints Toyota is dropping about how the FT-1 fits ...

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    2013 Green Car Sales: Signs of a Maturing Market
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    Despite a late-year slowdown in US green-car sales growth, Americans in 2013 snatched up hybrids, battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and diesels at a rate that would make most industries envious. Automakers sold 664,222 green cars in the US last year, up 21 percent from 2012. Those numbers include the all-electric Model S from Tesla Motors. ...

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    Lost power in a winter storm? Just hook up a Toyota Prius like this guy did
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    The Toyota Prius' battery pack just got something like a five-star rating from a truly seasoned professional – a 50-year aircraft technician. Bob Osemlak, who'd served more than three of those five decades with the Canadian Air Force, brought electricity back to his home in December during a heavy ice storm thanks to his gas-electric car. His ...

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    December 2013: Not quite time to panic yet
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    So, the good news in December for green-car advocates as that Nissan Leaf sales continued their gangbuster climb. And Honda picked up some proverbial steam. But that's about it. In all, Americans bought 48,553 hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electrics and diesels last month. US green car sales for December 2013 were 12 percent lower than 2012 ...

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    Toyota Prius gets higher clearance, better suspension in Pakistan
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    It's been 16 years since the Toyota Prius launched in Japan. Finally, the world's most popular hybrid is becoming the first hybrid car to show up in Pakistan. This version of the Prius has been customized by Indus Motor Company (IMC) in order to deal with, well, let's just say some challenging road conditions. IMC knows what it's doing, and has modified ...

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    Report: Toyota Prius named best value, Nissan Armada worst by Consumer Reports
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    Thinking about buying a Toyota Prius but can't figure if the initial purchase cost will be offset in the long run enough to make it a smart buy? Then you're probably reading these words on AutoblogGreen and not on Autoblog. But beyond that, Consumer Reports has some good news for you. For the second year in a row, CR has named the Prius the best value on ...

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    Toyota wants to sell 5k-10k fuel cell vehicles a year, to start
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    Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) powered by hydrogen were taken more seriously at the LA Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show last month than ever before, but their presence in the market is still shrouded in fog. Soichiro Okudaira, chief officer of research and development at Toyota, is confident fuel cell costs will come down enough to make FCEVs "just one ...

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    Toyota's production fuel cell vehicle to wear Prius badge? [w/poll]
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    Like the very slow drip of water coming from the tailpipe of a hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle, information about the first production fuel-cell model from Toyota – slated for 2015 – is coming rather deliberately. The latest is that Toyota might use the Prius badge for the fuel-cell sedan, Auto Guide says, citing comments made by Bill Fay, ...

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    Why Toyota constantly improving the Prius' fuel economy is something of a fool's errand
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    Toyota has a great marketing line when it comes to the power of hybrids: "Toyota estimates its hybrids have saved their owners more than 3 billion gallons of gasoline worldwide compared to gasoline-only powered vehicles." We're not going to quibble with that number – it is impressive – but it did raise some questions. After all, if Toyota is ...

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