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Lyft to Sell Autonomous Vehicle Unit to Toyota in $550 Million Deal

Lyft to Sell Autonomous Vehicle Unit to Toyota in $550 Million Deal

Ride-hailing service Lyft said it plans to sell its autonomous driving division to a unit of Toyota.
The $550 million sale to Woven Planet Holdings, Toyota’s autonomous tech subsidy, will pay Lyft $550 million as part of the deal.  Lyft said it receive an initial payment of $200 million that is …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

The Toyota Highlander was released in 2001 shortly after it made its debut at the 2000 New York International Auto Show. After 20 years, it was time for the fourth generation Highlander to come to these shores, “redesigned from the ground up,” as Toyota put it.
The Toyota Highlander was one …

Toyota, Lexus Debut New Tools that Support Online Sales Without a Visit to the Dealership

Toyota, Lexus Debut New Tools that Support Online Sales Without a Visit to the Dealership

As the coronavirus pandemic continues people’s shopping habits, Toyota and Lexus unveiled the next iterations of their respective online retail experiences.
Both are designed to give a car buyer as much control over how much interaction he has with the dealership in the course of selecting and buying a new automobile.
Lexus …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and Nightshade Edition

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and Nightshade Edition

If you want a bit of fun, park your Army Green Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro somewhat adjacent to an off-road trail or gravel road.  For even more fun, wear a safety vest and hold a large walkie-talkie in your hand. For no good reason whatsoever, almost every car turning off will …

Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

The U.S. auto industry – which had asked President Trump to relax pollution standards shortly after his inauguration – is now warning that his efforts to reduce tailpipe emissions are going to create instability for the automakers themselves.
In a letter released on Thursday and signed by 17 companies including General …

Automakers Debut Multiple Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at N.Y. Auto Show

Automakers Debut Multiple Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at N.Y. Auto Show

Multiple automakers including Lincoln, Cadillac, Mazda, Toyota, Nissan, and Hyundai announced the addition of Apple CarPlay support in new vehicles at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.
The show, which opens to the public Saturday at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, is the oldest auto show in the country. The …

2019 New York Auto Show Preview: New EVs, SUVs, Cars to Make Their Debut

2019 New York Auto Show Preview: New EVs, SUVs, Cars to Make Their Debut

NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers will showcase dozens of new and updated automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Prius c LE

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Prius c LE

The third member of the Prius family – and the most affordable – is the Prius c, although it’s also probably the one Prius you don’t want to have on your short list.
The “c” was completely redone in 2018. It’s based not on other Prii but on the much smaller …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE

First announced at the 2000 New York International Auto Show, the Toyota Highlander was one of the first car-based SUV crossovers and the hybrid version was the first seven-seat hybrid vehicle on the market.
Now in it third generation, the Toyota Highlander continues to offer a hybrid powerplant in an all-wheel …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2019 North American International Auto Show

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2019 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. This will be the last year that it kicks off the international car show calendar: in 2020, the show will reboot and move to June, leaving the Cobo Center and adding outdoor …

Toyota Unveils 2020 Supra with Wireless Apple CarPlay in Detroit

Toyota Unveils 2020 Supra with Wireless Apple CarPlay in Detroit

Toyota announced that its all-new 2020 Supra sports car will feature a wireless version of Apple CarPlay.
The Supra – a nameplate which hasn’t been on sale in the United States for two decades – was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.
Wireless CarPlay enables the …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

When a 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited in Parisian Night Pearl – a rather striking color – arrived at our offices right before Labor Day, more than a few staffers thought a Lexus had been delivered by mistake. The confusion was understandable.
Now in its 25th year, the Avalon sports a …