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Toyota launches 2013 Crown series in Japan

Toyota launches 2013 Crown series in Japan

Toyota has new cars rolling off the assembly line in Japan this week, launching both the 2013 Crown Royal and Crown Athlete. Judging from the press shots we see below, the new cars in the Crown series look pretty sleek. Toyota even made a point of drawing our attention to the grills of the cars in its announcement, which it says were "based on the shape of a crown."

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EPA reviewing two Ford hybrids on questionable fuel economy claims

EPA reviewing two Ford hybrids on questionable fuel economy claims

Fuel economy is a big deal in today's car industry. With gas prices as high as they are and a looming energy crisis, it seems that manufacturers and consumers would both like to start weening off gas. Of course, since fuel economy is big, we hear car commercials talking up estimated miles-per-gallon figures all the time, something that has Ford becoming the subject of an EPA review.

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Honda unveils the 2013 CR-Z Sport Hybrid

Honda unveils the 2013 CR-Z Sport Hybrid

Hybrid vehicles are typically rather boring cars with the ultimate goal being fuel efficiency. Honda is showing off the new 2013 CR-Z Sport Hybrid coupe that looks much sportier than the traditional hybrid and the CR-Z is a hybrid with a more performance-tuned nature. The 2013 CR-Z Sport Hybrid will go on sale on November 21.

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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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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid EPA rated at 45 mpg combined

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid EPA rated at 45 mpg combined

Luxury car buyers looking for a hybrid vehicle might want to check out the new 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The EPA recently issued its official fuel efficiency numbers for the 2013 MKZ Hybrid rating the car for 45 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway, and 45 mpg combined. Lincoln brags that its hybrid delivers five mpg better efficiency in the city and combined as the more expensive Lexus ES Hybrid.

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Samsung reveals Windows 8 ultrabooks and tablet hybrids

Samsung reveals Windows 8 ultrabooks and tablet hybrids

Last week, Samsung promised it would reveal a "groundbreaking" Windows 8 device, sending out invitations to a press event in which the company would announce Windows devices, including ultrabooks with touchscreens. This evening, the Korean company unveiled the products, including pricing, which are part of its new "Smart PC" category. The groundbreaking device? Meet the Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Windows 8 ultrabook.

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Honda announces global hybrid vehicle sales reach 1 million units

Honda announces global hybrid vehicle sales reach 1 million units

Honda has announced an important milestone has been reached in the world of its hybrid vehicles. The company has announced that cumulative global sales for its hybrid vehicles have passed the 1 million unit mark. That goal was reached at the end of September 2012 and took Honda 12 years and 11 months from the date it first started selling a hybrid vehicle, the Honda Insight, in Japan.

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