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Toyota Mirai becomes first fuel-cell vehicle to serve as NASCAR pace car

Toyota Mirai becomes first fuel-cell vehicle to serve as NASCAR pace car

NASCAR fans who tuned in early to Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway saw a vehicle of a completely different type leading the pack of 43 racers around the track. It was the NASCAR Sprint Cup series' Toyota Owners 400, and a 2016 Toyota Mirai sedan became the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to serve as a pace car for an event by the racing body. This was another NASCAR first for Toyota, as in 2009 the first hybrid vehicle to act as a pace car was a Camry Hybrid.

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Toyota refutes cynics by running Mirai’s hydrogen fuel cell on manure

Toyota refutes cynics by running Mirai’s hydrogen fuel cell on manure

Toyota is really working to persuade the public that hydrogen cars are the next big thing. Toyota has already surpassed its goal of selling 400 cars in 2015 by taking 1,500 orders in January alone. The company opted for a unique marketing angle to generate buzz about the Mirai, releasing a series of short films about the car. The first is directed by Morgan Spurlock, of Super Size Me fame. Entitled, "Fueled by Bullsh*it", the video goes into details about the abundance of hydrogen, refuting naysayers (and they are many) of the hydrogen fuel-cell battery.

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Toyota is creating more accommodating airplane seats

Toyota is creating more accommodating airplane seats

Airplane seats aren’t the most comfortable places to sit, and as their sizes shrink to accommodate more people they grow increasingly uncomfortable. We’ve seen alternatives to airliner seats in the past — some of them even worse than what currently exist — but Toyota’s new version looks promising: they’re adjustable, able to transform to fit different body shapes. The seats are being made by Toyota in a partnership with All Nippon Airways, and they’ll (at least according to promises) make trips in economy class a little more comfortable.

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Toyota, Lexus to launch low-cost automated braking

Toyota, Lexus to launch low-cost automated braking

Toyota and Lexus have announced plans to roll out low-cost automated braking systems, with the goal being to introduce the advanced safety-centric technology to the mass market without being cost prohibitive. Both auto makers will be kicking this off by introducing new models at the New York Auto Show in the near future that includes such technology, as well as other integrated safety packages. Costs won't be revealed for those particular models (the RAV4 Hybrid and 4th-generation Lexus RX) until their debut, but the finer details on Lexus and Toyota's planned braking packages have been given, including a rollout timeline: by the end of 2017.

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Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid ahead of debut

Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid ahead of debut

Toyota has teased its upcoming 2016 RAV4 Hybrid SUV, something it plans to officially debut at the New York Auto Show next week. It's not much of a tease (or is especially so, depending on your perspective), showing only part of the back end where the "Limited Hybrid" emblem is placed -- we don't really get a look at the SUV, then, but there are a few details to be gleaned from the relatively sparse shot, including a switch up in the tail lights design.

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Toyota recalls RAV4 EVs over faulty Tesla-supplied components

Toyota recalls RAV4 EVs over faulty Tesla-supplied components

Toyota has announced plans for another recall this year, this time to fix an issue resulting from components supplied by Tesla Motors, the auto maker has announced. The RAV4 EVs are the only model affected by this, and a software issue in the propulsion system is pegged as the root cause, potentially resulting in the affected vehicles shifting themselves into neutral -- something that'll make the car stop accelerating, and could cause a crash depending on the driving situation when this happens.

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Toyota recalls 110k cars over software, power steering problems

Toyota recalls 110k cars over software, power steering problems

In case you haven't yet tired of automotive recalls, we have another one that has surfaced in the pipeline, this one from Toyota affecting in excess of 110,000 cars. The recall was announced today, and includes its Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4, RAV4 EV, Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid models. There are two different issues at play, though they don't affect all of the models equally. Fortunately, no known injuries or wrecks have resulted from either problem, says the auto maker.

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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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Toyota recalls Avalon sedans due to potential fires

Toyota recalls Avalon sedans due to potential fires

As the first month of 2015 nears its end, Toyota has slipped in a recall of its own, this one being over the same potential risk we've seen cited in other recent recalls: fires. In this case, some 2011 and 2012 model year Avalons located in the US will be recalled. The reason revolves around the subwoofer's wires in particular, which could end up shorting out in certain situations, cause the unit to overheat, and then possibly catch on fire.

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