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Revealed! Best Used Cars Under $8K

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Kelley Blue Book has revealed its annual listing of best used cars in the “under $8,000” category. The top three spots include the 2007 Honda Civic, the 2011 Hyundai Accent, and the 2005 Honda Accord. Rounding out the ten, beginning with fourth place: 2005 Toyota Camry, 2007 Mazda 3, 2007 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2005 Honda [...]

Best Values in Luxury Cars: Clean Diesel Surprises

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Automotive data company Vincentric released its top picks for the best value luxury cars, based upon cost of ownership. The company amasses an annual list of the best buys in each major vehicle category. This year’s luxury winners included a pair of clean diesel entries from Audi, a Lexus hybrid, and a BMW diesel. Overall, [...]

EVs to Rev Up Stock Market, Experts Say

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Wall Street gurus have recently been opining all over the Internet and print media about the near-term future of automotive technology. The collective wisdom of the financial media sees the rest of this decade as a booming time for hybrid-drive cars and trucks. As for pure-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, pundits and experts look [...]

Toyota to Unveil Fresh Camry at NY Auto Show

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Toyota will unveil its updated, “refreshed” version of the 2015 Camry at the upcoming New York Auto Show in mid-April. The most popular car in the U.S. market will be no shock for its loyal followers, as the design changes on tap are apparently not extreme. The automaker has incorporated conservative style tweaks and improved [...]

Hybrid Sports Car Joint-Venture for Toyota, BMW

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Toyota Motor Co. of Japan and BMW of Germany are on the verge of co-creating a sports car which will fill the void after BMW’s Z4 and Toyota’s Supra are no longer on the market. The two carmakers have been in discussion about the project since 2013, but current reports suggest that the resulting vehicle [...]

Best Year for a Used Prius is…

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A recent CNBC listing of the best used cars included the 2007 Toyota Prius. Those in the market for a reliable hybrid that offers impressive fuel economy would do well to put the 07 Prius on their wish list. With efficiency in the city and on the highway of well in excess of 50 mpg, [...]

Hybrid on Consumer Reports ‘Best Used Cars’ List

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The Consumer Reports publication, Best and Worst Used Cars for 2004 through 2013, lists the 2010-2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid as a top pick among sedans in the $15,000-$20,000 price range. The writers at CR also offer a complete used car summary in their April 2014 Annual Auto Issue. Hot Hybrids: Video View the short video [...]

Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Production Increase Ahead

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Toyota Motor Company announced this week that it would increase production for gasoline and hybrid versions of the company’s Yaris model in European markets. The Japanese carmaker will add 500 workers to its facility in France. Toyota hopes to produce 220,000 units of the hybrid Yaris for 2014. Approximately 3,500 workers already fill two shifts [...]

Get Ready for Car Sale Discount Wars

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After a bout of frigid weather and a season of very high production, U.S. car dealers are entering a phase of deep price discounts to move their hefty January stock. Dealers and manufacturers alike are beginning to offer major price incentives, special deals, and promotions of all kinds. One industry consultant noted that these actions [...]

Wireless EV Charging Tested by Toyota

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Toyota is experimenting with a new EV charging system that lets cars replenish their batteries without plugging in. By parking over a special coil, an electric car can recharge its battery and drive off several hours later with a fully loaded pack. The resonance charging method is one of the Japanese auto giant’s plans for [...]

Toyota FV2 Concept a True Stunner

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Toyota has unveiled one of its most ambitious concept cars to date, the FV2, at this year’s Toronto Auto Show (CIAS). At the media preview this week, the president and CEO of Toyota Canada, Seiji Ichii, noted, “The FV2 is a concept car that connects with people through the body and the heart. It proposes [...]

Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Hybrid Snag Major Awards

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U.S. News & World Report this week released its “Best Cars for the Money” listing, which named the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Chevy Volt, and Lexus RX Hybrid among the winners in their respective categories. Volt reigned supreme in the Upscale Midsize Cars category, while the Ford Fusion won the Hybrid Cars segment. The Lexus RX [...]

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