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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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Toyota pays $1.2bn to get government off its pedals

Toyota pays $1.2bn to get government off its pedals

Toyota has agreed a $1.2bn settlement over its sticky accelerator pedal recalls with the US Attorney's Office, agreeing to the sum in order to finally put to rest the issues that saw it repair thousands of cars between 2009 and 2010. "Entering this agreement, while difficult, is a major step toward putting this unfortunate chapter behind us" Christopher P. Reynolds, chief legal officer at Toyota North America, said of the settlement.

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Toyota wireless EV charging demonstrated as trial kicks off

Toyota wireless EV charging demonstrated as trial kicks off

Toyota will begin testing its wireless charging system for the Prius and other EVs and plug-in hybrids later the month, aiming to cut the number of times drivers of eco-friendly vehicles need to plug in. The technology, a ruggedized pad that sits in a parking space and can withstand being driven over by the careless, begins charging as soon as a compatible car is positioned on top, with Toyota's video demo - which you can see after the cut - showing a self-parking Prius automatically maneuvering itself into place.

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Toyota accuses Tesla’s Musk of fuel-cell myopia

Toyota accuses Tesla’s Musk of fuel-cell myopia

Toyota has dismissed fuel-cell skepticism from rivals, with a senior exec calling out Tesla's Elon Musk and others by name and accusing them of myopia when it comes to eco-friendly car tech. "Personally, I don't care what Elon, Carlos, or Jonathan say about fuel cells" Toyota SVP Bob Carter said at the Automotive News World Congress this week, referring also to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and former VW America chief Jonathan Browning. "If they want to "plug in and tune out" other technologies, that's fine." Carter's outspoken comments come as Toyota announces another sales milestone for its hybrid fleet.

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