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Toyota Celebrates 10 Years of Prius

Ten years ago, Toyota launched a new kind of car in North America. It was the Prius, an affordable car with a hybrid gas/electric powertrain. In the decade that followed, the Prius made an indelible mark on the automotive industry. The car with the signature wedge shape proved to be an agent of change, and a catalyst for innovative ideas. Over 1.8 million units have been sold in the world to date, with?
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Toyota Sells 1 Million Hybrids in Japan

Toyota recently sold its 1-millionth Prius Hybrid in Japan alone.  This stat came in after the global auto maker posted a $2.2 billion profit for their second quarter.

Much of Toyota's success is attributed to the rebounding auto market in the United States, where a fall in loan defaults and rising sales produced buoyant numbers at Toyota's financial services branch.  Toyota financial accounted for 85% of its total North American operating profit?
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Toyota Rav4 Electric from Tesla

The Toyota Rav4 Electric has a cult following in the United States - and now that Tesla Motors, the electric car company, has teamed up with the Japanese auto maker, lovers of electric Rav's hope a next generation Rav4 EV will come to life.

Well folks, your prayers have been answered.

According to SF Gate, "Toyota recently announced plans to begin selling a new version of the Rav4 EV in 2012, with help from Palo?
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Toyota FT-86 Coming November 2011

The Toyota concept sportscar, FT-86, has been given the green light and will come to life as a production model by November 2011.

This will signal an early production of the vehicle, as Toyota initially said they would release FT-86 by 2013. You're getting a present two years early, Toyota luxury car fans.

Toyota's also confirmed the all-important element that can make the difference in sales and support for this coupe: pricing.

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Tesla Developing Two EVs for Toyota

Earlier this year, Tesla, best known for making all electric sports cars like the Roadster, joined forces with Toyota Motors. Their plan was to produce several green cars and share technologies.

Well, it looks as though the fruits of their labor are already paying off - Tesla and Toyota have announced two prototypes that will be coming out within the next couple of years. These concepts were produced by Tesla for the Japanese auto maker.

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Toyota Plans 3 Green Models for 2012

Toyota is planning to produce not only a new plug-in electric Prius by 2012, but also several other EV vehicles for that model year.

Three new to the market vehicles, all "green cars," will be out by the end of that model year. These three cars will be a "A battery electric vehicle, a plug-in version of the Prius and an as-yet-unveiled variant of the Prius will arrive in U.S. dealerships in the first…
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Crash Data Suggest Driver Error in Toyota Accidents

The U.S. Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of data recorders from Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles involved in accidents blamed on sudden acceleration and found that the throttles were wide open and the brakes weren't engaged at the time of the crash, people familiar with the findings said.

The early results suggest that some drivers who said their Toyotas and Lexuses surged out of control were mistakenly flooring the accelerator when they intended…

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Race Track

"Brake, brake, brake you fat gray beast," I screamed flying into the corner at about 95 miles per hour in a all new 2011 Sienna Minivan.

The race track rules were simple: Two wheel off the track and you get to cool your heals for about a half an hour in the penalty pit. Four wheels off the track and you are done for the day.

I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if I crushed both rules, and perhaps even smashed the third unwritten rule and rolled the top heavy Sienna.

After all I was chasing the…

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