Why hybrids often deliver lower mpg than advertised

4:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2013
Many drivers of gasoline-electric hybrids never see their real-world fuel economy match the numbers on the EPA window sticker. Because of hybrids' complex powertrains and other factors, the gap between real-world fuel economy and the window label is often greater than it is with vehicles powered by conventional gasoline or diesel engines.... Read More »


Honda wagers on new Fit hybrid variants for United States

10:00 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2013
Honda plans to bring hybrid variants of its Fit subcompact to the United States with the car's redesign, as the Japanese automaker wagers that its new hybrid drivetrain will challenge Toyota's dominance in the field. The third generation of the Fit hatchback will hit American showrooms by next summer and will be the first Fit manufactured in North America.... Read More »


Toyota touts Prius Plug-in's fuel economy with contest

3:31 pm U.S. ET | July 12, 2013
Toyota, seeking to raise awareness of the Prius Plug-in hybrid's fuel economy, this week launched the second phase of the Prius Plug-In MPG Challenge, a 30-day contest among seven eco-friendly groups and individuals to achieve the highest overall fuel economy.... Read More »



Made-in-America Prius fades into the future

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
Just a year ago, Toyota Motor Corp. executives envisioned building the Toyota Prius hybrid, the No. 10 best-selling car in the United States, in North America as early as 2015. But don't hold your breath.... Read More »


Toyota recalls 242,000 hybrids, 86,500 in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 242,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide, including 86,500 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h hybrids in the United States, to fix a braking glitch.... Read More »


States debate taxing green cars to recover lost gas taxes

7:38 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2013
Hybrid and electric cars are sparing the environment. Critics say they're hurting the roads. The popularity of these fuel-efficient vehicles is being blamed for a drop in gasoline taxes that pay for local highway and bridge maintenance, with three states enacting rules to make up the losses with added fees on the cars and at least five others weighing similar legislation.... Read More »


Toyota will recall 242,000 hybrids globally for brake design flaw

June 5, 2013 13:02 CET
Toyota says it is recalling about 242,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide, including the best-selling Prius, due to a brake design flaw that could cause vehicles to experience greater stopping distances when braking.... Read More »


Toyota recalls 250,000 hybrids, 86,500 in U.S.

7:09 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2013
Toyota is recalling 242,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide, including 86,500 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h hybrids in the United States, to fix a braking glitch.... Read More »


Toyota sees higher May sales on rising Prius deliveries

7:34 pm U.S. ET | May 30, 2013
Toyota expects to post an increase in U.S. vehicle deliveries in May from a year earlier, aided by an improvement in sales of the Prius hybrid line.... Read More »


Toyota Prius generates most online buzz, study says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2013
The Toyota Prius was the most talked about hybrid vehicle online, generating $14.5 million in total media value, from January through April, according to a new study from a social analytics company.... Read More »


Toyota plans big hike in lithium ion battery output

12:22 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2013
Toyota is planning to increase production of lithium ion batteries by six times, as the automaker prepares to eventually use them in its flagship Prius gasoline-electric hybrid cars, the Nikkei business daily reported on Sunday.... Read More »


U.S. output of the Prius is on hold

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2013
Once considered a sure bet for U.S. production, the Toyota Prius is now on indefinite hold for assembly here, said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota's North American region.... Read More »


Ford to pass its own hybrid sales record in five months on Fusion, C-Max

3:41 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2013
Ford, seeking to challenge Toyota's dominance in gasoline-electric vehicles, said it will pass its own full-year record for hybrid sales in the United States this month on demand for its Fusion and C-Max hybrid models.... Read More »


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