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Toyota recalls Prius and Lexus hybrids over brake issues

Toyota recalls Prius and Lexus hybrids over brake issues

There's been quite a few recalls throughout the past year, and Toyota isn't new to them at all, as today's recall is the company's third major one in under a year. Toyota is recalling 242,000 Prius hybrids, as well as hybrids from the car maker's Lexus division, specifically the HS hybrid. The problem seems to be with the brakes, with drivers reporting that they're having to apply more pressure to the brake pedal in order to stop safely.

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Prius sales may fall short of 2013 goal, says Toyota

Prius sales may fall short of 2013 goal, says Toyota

Toyota saw high Prius sales last year, moving over 230,000 vehicles, something that made it bump its sales forecast in 2013 to about 250,000. Such ambitions may have to be adjusted, however, says Toyota's CEO in North America Jim Lentz. Prius sales in the first quarter of 2013 fell 8.4-percent largely due to a similar drop in gas prices, slightly exceeding 55,000 cars.

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Toyota unveils Prius endurance racecar

Toyota unveils Prius endurance racecar

One of the things that you never really expect to say in the same sentence is Prius and racecar. Toyota designs its Prius specifically for fuel efficiency, not for speed or performance. At least Toyota doesn't design the Prius streetcar for performance, the Prius endurance racing car on the other hand is made to go fast.

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Toyota planning Prius evolution with big redesign for 2014

Toyota planning Prius evolution with big redesign for 2014

Toyota could give its best-selling Prius hybrid a significant design revamp for the next-gen car expected to arrive in early 2014, the company says, with a new look that would "really evolve" the distinctive wedge of today. Designers and engineers are still working with clay mock-ups for the final car, strategic planning VP for Toyota US, Chris Hostetter, told Bloomberg, but the possibility of a more sweeping change has been prompted by "an undercurrent among most people that they're ready for a new Prius look" the exec admits. However, changing the Prius isn't as straightforward as you might expect.

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Toyota shows NS4 hybrid concept for tomorrow, Prius c for today

Toyota shows NS4 hybrid concept for tomorrow, Prius c for today

Toyota has unveiled its latest hybrid, the Prius c, a compact version of the existing eco-friendly car, though we have to say it's the company's NS4 plug-in hybrid that has us more excited. The Toyota NS4 is the company's vision of a mid-sized sedan for the 2015 market, with streamlined lines and next-gen  Hybrid Synergy Drive plug-in powerplants, along with the usual lashings of high-tech dashboard gadgetry and safety features.

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Toyota debuts plug-in Prius Hybrid and hopes to sell plenty of them

Toyota debuts plug-in Prius Hybrid and hopes to sell plenty of them

The Toyota Prius hybrid has been the most popular hybrid on the market for a long time. Much of the reason the Prius is so popular was that it was one of the first hybrids and the price is not out of reach for many buyers looking to save at the pumps. Toyota has long talked about a plug-in version for the Prius that would allow the driver to plug the car in at home and charge the batteries allowing the car to drive for at least a short distance on battery power alone.

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Steve Woz’s glitchy Prius accelerates to 97-mph on its own, Toyota plans to borrow and test unit

Steve Woz’s glitchy Prius accelerates to 97-mph on its own, Toyota plans to borrow and test unit

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, or “Woz”, is legendary for owning gadgets of all sizes and shapes (Segways, iPhones, Nexus One and Droid of recent, etc).  However, he recently reported that his Toyota Prius evidently started accelerating on its own, almost to a whooping 97 mph when he employed the cruise control feature.  Woz? He thinks it's a software glitch.

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Prius batteries becoming popular target for thieves

Prius batteries becoming popular target for thieves

You know you have a popular car when it starts getting damaged and stolen for parts, but you'd think the battery would be the least likely cause for vandalism. Well, apparently that's the hot-ticket item on the black market if you're a Toyota Prius owner. San Francisco drivers of the hybrid have noticed an increase in car battery theft in recent days. Both police and local dealerships have noticed the new trend, and one belief is that there is a growing demand for the part as owners of the first generation Prius reach the end of their 10-year battery warranties.

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Driving Toyota i-ROAD: Crazy tilt meets genius strategy

Driving Toyota i-ROAD: Crazy tilt meets genius strategy

Who says electric cars have to be boring? Toyota's Prius may be poster child for the eco-pious, but its i-ROAD tilting trike shows there's still potential for madness in the EV. SlashGear is no stranger to the i-ROAD, and in fact we've driven earlier prototypes over in Japan before now. They're less commonly found in the US, however, but Makoto Morita, Grand Master of the Product Planning Division and lead of the i-ROAD project brought a handful with him to test the waters among potential American drivers.

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