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Toyota Developing Car-Sharing Technology Platform

Toyota Developing Car-Sharing Technology Platform

Toyota Motor Corporation announced plans for a new technology platform that will support vehicle-sharing for car owners on Monday.
The platform is intended for use by car-sharing services, and the car company plans to conduct a pilot with car-sharing company Getaround, a company that somewhat akin to what Aribnb does, albeit …

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

The Toyota Prius Prime is an all-new plug-in hybrid and the successor to the Prius Plug-In Hybrid that the Japanese automaker introduced in 2012. It’s far more efficient than the outgoing model, is replete with new technology, and can travel greater distances on all-electric power.
While the Prius Prime’s styling is …

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Review and Road Test

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Review and Road Test

The first-ever Toyota Avalon, a 1995 model, rolled off the assembly line at the automaker’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky in 1994, and it has been updated several times since. The current fourth generation model, introduced for the 2013 model year marked the debut of the Avalon Hybrid, which is built …

Automakers Band Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

Automakers Band Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

Automakers representing almost the entirety of the U.S. market joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in announcing plans to install automatic emergency braking on almost all new cars sold in the United States by 2022.
The list of automakers, which is a who’s who …

2016 Toyota Prius 4 Touring – First Look and Review

2016 Toyota Prius 4 Touring – First Look and Review

Since its launch in 1994, the Toyota Prius has been the standard bearer for gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. It’s also been <yawn> somewhat boring to drive.
Fast forward to 2016: With the introduction of the fourth generation of the car (a contest was held to determine what the plural form of the …

Toyota Retakes No. 1 Spot in Auto Sales as VW Faces Emissions Crisis

Toyota Retakes No. 1 Spot in Auto Sales as VW Faces Emissions Crisis

Embattled automaker Volkswagen, which achieved its long-time goal of becoming the world’s biggest car manufacturer a mere three months ago, saw its brief reign come to an end Monday.
Toyota, which held the number one position for years before being overtaken by VW, published figures that showed it had sold more …

Toyota Achieves Global Hybrid Sales of 7 Million

Toyota Achieves Global Hybrid Sales of 7 Million

Toyota Motor Corporation announced sales figures for its global hybrid sales. The automaker reported that sales of hybrid models exceeded 7 million units.
Toyota currently sells 27 different hybrid models and one plug-in model n 90 different countries and regions. In 2015, it will introduce 15 new hybrid vehicles to its …

BMW, Toyota Take Relationship to Next Level

BMW, Toyota Take Relationship to Next Level

BMW and Toyota announced plans to work together on fuel cell systems, lightweight construction technology, Lithium-air batteries, and a joint-platform mid-sized sports vehicle.
The two automakers began their collaborative relationship in December 2011.  In March 2012, they announced an agreement to support a collaborative research project in next-generation lithium-ion battery cells, …

BMW and Toyota Expand Cooperation

BMW and Toyota Expand Cooperation

BMW and Toyota announced at a news conference in Munich that the two companies will expand their cooperative projects to include lightweight construction, fuel cells and electric drivetrains.  The two said they would also jointly develop a new sports car.
BMW is the world’s leading premium auto maker and Toyota is …

BMW and Toyota Sign Lithium-Ion Battery Agreement

BMW and Toyota Sign Lithium-Ion Battery Agreement

BMW and Toyota announced an agreement to support a collaborative research project in next-generation lithium-ion battery cells.
The goals of the program are to increase both the performance and capacity of lithium-ion batteries through the use of new combinations of materials for cathodes, anodes, and electrolytes.
The batteries could potentially be used …

2011 Diesel Sales Report: Market Share in Germany Hit 49%

2011 Diesel Sales Report: Market Share in Germany Hit 49%

It’s common knowledge that the market share for diesel is in the low single digits in the U.S.  Currently, only four manufacturers, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen currently offer diesel-powered automobiles although there will be several automakers joining the diesel fold, including Jeep, Mazda, and Porsche, in the coming 18 …

First Look: Toyota’s 53 mpg City Prius c Hatchback

First Look: Toyota’s 53 mpg City Prius c Hatchback

The new Toyota Prius c gets an astounding 53 mpg (4.43 l/100 km) in city driving, a figure that is the highest fuel economy rating for any non plug-in vehicle.  The Prius c is the fourth member of the Prius family, which includes the Prius, the new Prius v, and …