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Toyota using Nintendo DS as GPS remote control

Toyota using Nintendo DS as GPS remote control

The Nintendo DS is finding all sorts of uses outside of gaming, from school use to museum touring. And now the handheld can fill a new role in Toyota vehicles. In Japan, Toyota has begun offering a game card called Kuruma de DS, which allows DS owners to pair their handheld with their Toyota Smart Navi car navigation system so that the DS can be used like a remote control by passengers.

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California demands electric cars from more manufacturers

California demands electric cars from more manufacturers

California has gained a reputation as one of the scripted governmental bodies in the world when it comes to the environment, and like it or not, there's no denying that its legislation drives green technology. At the moment the top six automakers in the state - Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and Nissan - are required to sell a certain number of all-electric or fuel-cell cars every year. California has updated its mandate so that by 2018, any automaker that sells 20,000 vehicles or more in the state will also be held accountable.

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Toyota RAV4 EV on sale this summer from $49,800

Toyota RAV4 EV on sale this summer from $49,800

Slowly but surely we’re seeing more electric cars headed to production, and for an affordable price. Toyota yesterday took the wraps off its much awaited RAV4 EV at the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles. The electric SUV is expected to have a 100 mile range on a single charge, and will take around 6 hours to recharge with a 240V/40A adapter. Toyota say that the driving performance of the electric version will be just as good as the gas powered RAV4 V6.

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Toyota Scion iQ buyers get free PlayStation Vita

Toyota Scion iQ buyers get free PlayStation Vita

In what is quite an unexpected promotion and one that is not really likely to drum up excitement for the Toyota Scion iQ or the PlayStation Vita, Toyota is now giving customers who buy the world's smallest four seater a free Vita as soon as they close the sale. It's part of a growing partnership between Toyota and Sony, one that is probably more about getting in-dealer presence than it is about the actual promotions involved.

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Polk analysis finds 65% of hybrid owners don’t buy another hybrid

Polk analysis finds 65% of hybrid owners don’t buy another hybrid

Hybrid vehicles are all the rage these days. No doubt about that. It's very easy to market them - they're affordable, they get great gas mileage, and they have incredible safety records. But when it comes to actually driving day-to-day with one of these cars, do customers feel like it lived up to the hype? Apparently only about 35% of them do. And as a matter of fact, if you look at non-Prius customers, that number drops to 25%.

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Toyota 2013 Avalon revealed

Toyota 2013 Avalon revealed

Toyota has revealed its new 2013 Avalon, the sleek sedan teased last month, at the New York Auto Show ahead of its market launch later this year. Boasting more headroom than its predecessor, along with a new concave dash design that leaves more space for front-seat passengers, the updated Avalon also gets high-intensity discharge headlamps, the Star Safety System gamut of electronic tricker to keep you on the road, and ten - count 'em - airbags as standard.

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Toyota teases sleek US-designed sedan

Toyota teases sleek US-designed sedan

Toyota is teasing a new sedan ahead of its full reveal at the New York International Auto Show, though the company hasn't confirmed whether the sleek, US-designed car is headed to full production. Only shown so far in render form, and from this rear three-quarters perspective, the new car is the epitome of mystery: Toyota won't talk engine types, number of seats or anything else.

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Toyota and Samsung to team on smartphone connected car solution

Toyota and Samsung to team on smartphone connected car solution

Car companies are teaming more and more with technology companies to bring new features and more tech inside the vehicles they produce. This is a good or bad thing depending on which side of the distracted driving debate you fall. Some think more tech in cars is an opportunity for more distraction, and more accidents. Others think that more tech inside a car can help reduce distracted driving. Samsung and Toyota have announced at Mobile World Congress that they are teaming up to create a smartphone connected car solution.

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Toyota TS030 race cars revealed, prove hybrids aren’t boring

Toyota TS030 race cars revealed, prove hybrids aren’t boring

Who says automotive ingenuity is dead? Toyota is planning on making its way back to world of Le Mans and is bringing with it a pair of brand new racers. But these aren't your grandma's sportscars. They're fully decked-out and sexified hybrids. And what's even more surprising is that they'll be ready to hit the professional circuit in less than four months.

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