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Toyota Hydrogen Car: ‘Next Generation of Green’

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Toyota has officially announced availability dates and pricing for its hydrogen fuel-cell car, a sedan that boasts a travel range of 435 miles per tank. The concept version of the car made its global debut at the Tokyo Motor Show last year. Local consumers in Japan will get the first chance to purchase the hydrogen-powered, [...]

Prius Tops ‘Safe Cars for Teens’ List

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released their picks for safe cars for teen drivers. Topping the rankings among mid-size cars that cost less than $20,000 was the Toyota Prius v, specifically for model years 2012 and later. Each year, the IIHS tests hundreds of cars and trucks to determine the best safety buys for [...]

Toyota Considering AWD Prius

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Toyota officials have revealed that they plan to offer both lithium and nickel-metal-hydride batteries on future models, as well as all-wheel-drive capability for the world’s best-selling hybrid car. Those options would possibly be available by late 2015 or early 2016, according to reports. Apparently, the lithium battery version of Prius would cost more but allow [...]

Calif. Emissions Down, Thanks to EV & Hybrid Cars

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Fresh data from Next 10, a non-profit that studies auto emissions and energy consumption, shows a direct connection between increased hybrid car sales and lower pollutants in California. In fact, the state’s overall auto registrations went up by just 1.5 percent between 2011 and 2012, whereas hybrid and EV registrations increased by a whopping 16 [...]

Best Used Hybrids: The ‘Official’ List

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Shopping for a used hybrid vehicle has gotten much easier in the last couple of years, but choices are diverse and can at times be confusing. So, for those in the market, consider what the experts pick. In no particular order, nearly every major listing of ‘best used hybrids’ contains the following vehicles: Chevy Volt, [...]

Car Sales Wars: Accord vs. Prius

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The California New Car Dealers Association has revealed the unexpected news that Honda’s Accord was the bestselling car in the state for the first quarter. This is the first time any car other than the Toyota Prius has held the top spot for the past two years. For quarterly sales, Honda barely edged out its [...]

What Green Fuel Does Wall Street Love?

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Several financial media sources this week noted that one energy sector in particular is outperforming others by significant margins. Fuel cell company stocks have witnessed a 138 percent rise in 2014 after years of low growth and flat investment. One reason for the surge seems to be the possibility of fuel-cell vehicle development between now [...]

The Car Safety Features Everyone Wants

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The last round of international auto shows featured a fresh batch of vehicle safety mechanisms, several of which are already becoming staples of modern car design. Gizmos like blind-spot monitors (BSM), lane departure warning (LDW) systems, and forward collision warning (FCW) are popping up on major carmakers’ new models. A few have been in place [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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