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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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    Toyota class-action anti-lock brake lawsuit tossed out
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    A US district court judge in California threw out a class-action lawsuit from owners of Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h hybrids who had filed a claim against the Japanese automaker over a 2010 recall involving the vehicles' anti-lock braking system, Bloomberg News reports. The claim, made by four vehicle owners on behalf of the rest of the owners, related ...

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    December alt-fuel sales solid with strong Ford C-Max, Nissan Leaf demand
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    December 2012 alt-fuel vehicle sales continued to trend well ahead of 2011 figures and pushed 2012's sales of hybrids, diesels and plug-ins past the half-million vehicle threshold. Plug-in vehicle sales totaled 6,769 units for December, which was more than twice as high as a year earlier and just 15 units shy of October's monthly record of 6,784. Last ...

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    Toyota Prius is 2012's second-most searched car on Autoweek
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    Searches don't equal purchases, but there's a lot of interest in the Toyota Prius out there – if not quite so much as for iconic muscle cars with horses on them. Hybrid Cars notes that the Prius was the second-most-searched-for model on Autoweek this year, trailing only the Ford Mustang and coming in ahead of the Chevrolet Corvette. While Autoweek ...

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    Plug-in hybrids outselling pure EVs in California
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    Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) appear to have outsold battery electric vehicles in California by about a two-to-one margin since the Toyota Prius Plug-in started US sales earlier this year, according to the state's Center for Sustainable Energy. To date, the state has given out about 7,400 clean-vehicle rebates for EV owners, compared to about 6,500 for ...

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    Toyota claims green progress in 2012 environmental report
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    The world's biggest maker of hybrid vehicles said its energy consumption per vehicle is down 15 percent during the past decade while greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle fell seven percent since 2008. These are just two of the details Toyota announced in its release of the latest North American Environmental report. The company said it reached or ...

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    'Transparent' Prius concept lets you see through the back seat, for safety
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    The concept of making a back seat "transparent" in order to eliminate blind spots is making the publicity rounds thanks to the so-called "see through Prius" that recently got some exposure in both Los Angeles and Tokyo. Earlier this fall, Japan's Keio University showed off a "see-through" Prius at Tokyo's Digital Content Expo, according to CNET. Using ...

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    Toyota offers incentives on Prius Plug-in up to $5,000
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    Toyota is looking to play catch-up with its Prius Plug-in by sweetening the pot for prospective buyers. The Japanese automaker is offering as much as $5,000 in financing funds for some versions of the model, according to Green Car Reports. Toyota is also offering as much as $4,000 for the 'regular' Prius Plug-in. Either way, buyers get a zero percent ...

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    Study: Car thieves avoiding Toyota Prius
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    The National Insurance Crime Bureau has taken a closer look at how often car thieves target the Toyota Prius. As it turns out, the most popular hybrid on US roads has a very low theft rate, and when it does get stolen, law enforcement are quick to return the machine to its rightful owners. All told, 2008-2012 Prius models saw a theft rate of one in 606 ...

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    Rumormill: Next Toyota Prius to get electric all-wheel drive
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    If rumors are to be believed, big changes are in store for the next Toyota Prius. UK outlet Auto Express recently spoke with a Toyota engineer who leaked details concerning the development of the popular hybrid's successor. According to that engineer, "The next Prius will redefine the hybrid as we know it." The forthcoming Prius will be constructed on a ...

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    Recalls: Toyota recalling 670k Prius models in US, 2.77 million vehicles worldwide [UPDATE]
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    Automotive News reports Toyota is recalling a total of 2.77 million vehicles worldwide for faulty water pumps and steering system issues. A total of 670,000 of those are 2004-2009 Prius hybrids sold in the US. Those vehicles are headed back to the dealer, where technicians will inspect the intermediate shaft in the steering column for deformed splines and ...

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    Motor Trend pits the Toyota Prius V against the Ford C-Max, has fun
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    The Toyota Prius has pretty much ruled the hybrid roost since popularizing the super-efficient market segment over the last decade, but that doesn't mean other automakers aren't trying to catch up. Ford, in particular, has been dabbling with gas/electric drivetrains for some time – think Ford Fusion and Escape hybrids – and now has its own ...

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    Report: How Sandy (may have) set 17 plug-in hybrids on fire
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    Can Hurricane Sandy's flood waters be blamed for the fiery destruction of 16 Fisker Karmas and a Toyota Prius? On Halloween we guessed saltwater had somehow led to a short circuit that overheated the cars' batteries and fire, which may be exactly what happened. "We can't be certain exactly what happened at the port," Russell Datz, a Fisker spokesman, ...

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    Report: Toyota looking to alter Prius styling
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    Love it or hate it, the Toyota Prius might be the most recognizable car on the road these days with its slippery, wedge-like design. Originally used to optimize aerodynamics, the unique shape of the second-generation Prius quickly made the car an icon, so Toyota kept the same basic look on the latest, third-gen model. According to an interview with Chris ...

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    SEMA: Tekked-Out Prius, Rowdy Camry round out Toyota's SEMA offerings
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    From the same Dream Build Challenge that brought the DragQouia to the SEMA Show, NASCAR stars Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch also got involved with the competition hoping to win $50,000 for their respective charities. Instead of building trucks like their NHRA counterparts, Bowyer had a Prius built for the contest while Busch stuck with a car he's very ...

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    Consumer Reports says Prius C most reliable 2012 vehicle
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    Smaller car, fewer problems. The Toyota Prius C compact hybrid topped Consumer Reports' list of reliable 2012 model-year vehicles, leading a group of Toyota-made cars near the top of the list. Consumer Reports based its list on subscriber experiences with 1.2 million vehicles, though Consumer Reports allowed that some of the results were affected by ...

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    Ford brings in Lincoln marketing manager to promote electrification
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    Ford is getting more serious about meeting its hybrid and electric vehicle sales targets with the transition of C.J. O'Donnell, former Lincoln group marketing manager. O'Donnell played a leading role in reinventing the Lincoln division following the demise of the Mercury brand in early 2011, and rolling out the redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan that ...

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    Colorado University finds Prius plug-in hybrids a hit; online assistance, not so much
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    In 2008, Boulder, CO became the "first Smart Grid City in the nation." It wasn't just a name, it was a step along the way for the town to become a green energy incubator. A few years later, Toyota sponsored a test program with 28 Prius Plug-In Hybrid vehicles conducted by Colorado University. CU has now released its preliminary findings from the two-year ...

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    Toyota Prius now best-selling model(s) in California
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    We've heard the Toyota Prius jokingly called the State Bird of California, but recent sales data shows that the world's most popular hybrid is, in fact, the best-selling car in the state. Well, the best-selling vehicle line, at least, since the Prius now comes in four variants. If you add up sales of the Prius Liftback (aka, the regular Prius), the C, V ...

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    Most of 2013 Prius family gets modest price increases
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    To get behind the wheel of most new 2013 Toyota Prius models, you'll have to pony up some extra cost compared to 2012 models. Around the cost of a few tanks of gas. The standard Prius Liftback version goes up by $200 and the Prius V goes up by between $100 and $155. The price for the Prius Plug-In stays the same (as does the one for the Prius C, we ...

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    Toyota really loving that plugging-in feeling with Prius PHEV
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    Huh? Toyota is looking to boost awareness and potential sales of its Prius Plug In by launching a social-media campaign that involves getting points for plugging in and recharging an iPhone. We think. The campaign's minute-long video, available below, shows a few folks in various stages of ecstasy plugging in their phones, after which a voice repeats ...

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