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2012 Toyota Yaris Gets $1K in Additional Standard Equipment

The 2012 Toyota Yaris, scheduled to hit the production line in late August, will come to Motorcars Toyota, serving the greater Cleveland area, as a complete redesign. That much we know. Toyota, however, has remained extremely tight lipped about the changes planned. The bits of details offered have been both intriguing and vague, serving mainly to ignite anticipation.

So, what do we know? One significant, yet at the same time mysterious evolvement...Toyota has indicated…

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Toyota Develops New Accident-Avoidance Technology

Toyota is taking a full frontal attack on car accidents. Among the many advanced safety features Toyota is currently developing are: a pop-up hood designed to significantly reduce the impact when a car hits a pedestrian; light-blocking technology aimed at shielding drivers from the blindingly bright high beam lights of oncoming traffic; and a heart-attack-sensing steering wheel. The feature we want to discuss today, however, is one which Toyota recently demonstrated at a media event…

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2011 Toyota Prius Gains PLUS Performance Package - Now Available

The Toyota Prius may be the best-selling hybrid in America. But, it isn't exactly known for its aggressive performance. However, that's about to change.

While they'll continue to offer Prius drivers the peace of mind that comes with superb mileage and low emissions, Toyota is adding an available PLUS Performance package (featuring components from the  new PLUS hybrid performance line) to the 2011 model. Toyota explains, "PLUS is an evolution of hybrid…

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Revised Toyota Yaris to Hit Showroom Floors, by End of Year

Toyota unveiled the next-generation Yaris in Japan, last winter. People were excited, immediately falling head-over-heels with the popular eco-friendly little commuter car. Then - static.

All news of the next-generation Toyota Yaris came to an abrupt halt this spring, due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and has remained a fading memory ever since.

Happily, as Toyota regains ground lost by the natural disaster, the new Yaris is now ebbing back to a more tangible…

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Toyota Greens up Production in UK with 17,000 Solar Panels

Toyota has already begun to make room for an impressive 17,000 panel solar array on 90,000 square meters (~985, 751 square feet) of industrial land at their plant in Derbyshire, England. And, now that they've received the official nod of approval for the 10m (~$16,450,785) project from local authorities, they're moving full force ahead.

Toyota boasts it will be the first automaker in the UK to install such an…

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Toyota Prius v Details

Toyota Prius, as you've likely heard, is expanding their Prius lineup. Among the up and comers is the 2012 Prius v designed to accommodate active families on the go.

Let's start with the name, shall we? Befittingly, the new 2012 Toyota Prius v comfortably seats five passengers. Unofficially, the "v" might stand for versatility, offering four distinctive seat configurations.

And, no matter what adventure you and the fam are embarking on, it promises…

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Toyota Pays Workers to Build Habitat for Humanity Homes

It is hard to keep up with all of the world's current events. Between floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, the killing of a terrorist leader, a royal wedding, and a tsunami, for better or worse, this world is a busy, intense place. That is why we are happy to bring you a simple, heartwarming story from the good people at Toyota.

After the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, Toyota's Tundra facility in San…

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Toyota Inspires U.S. Hospitals to Exercise Better Management

What did Virginia Mason Medical Center CEO, Dr. Gary Kaplan, do when his facility started to lose money in 1998? He visited hospitals around the U.S... He talked with many of the smartest minds in the industry. And after two years... he decided there wasn't one institution in the entire medical system whose footsteps he felt were worth following. So, he turned to Japanese automaker, Toyota, for inspiration, instead.

Yes, three years after…

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Toyota Partners with Microsoft to Improve EV Efficiency

Toyota and Microsoft are partnering to create an in-car electronics system designed to aid the efficiency of the Japanese automaker's battery-powered vehicles. In accordance with the agreement, both market leviathans will invest one-billion yen (~$12 million) into a Toyota subsidiary that will provide data services for drivers.

Toyota and Microsoft indicate the forthcoming system will incorporate a suite of telematics services, including: data, navigation, in-car entertainment, and multimedia. Powered by Window's Azure cloud…

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Toyota Sells 1 Millionth Prius

April 5, 2011 marks a momentous day for the Toyota Prius, on two important accounts. Not only does it mark the date when U.S. sales of the Prius hit one million. It also represents the hybrids' third significant sales milestone in six months.

The Toyota Prius hit its first major sales milestone back in October 2010, when worldwide sales topped two-million. It hit its second just last month, when global sales hit three million…

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