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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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Toyota 2015 fuel-cell car gets ambitious price as eco-tech matures

Toyota 2015 fuel-cell car gets ambitious price as eco-tech matures

Toyota has announced that it plans to launch a fuel cell powered vehicle in 2015. Research in the fuel-cell vehicles has been going on for years for many of the major automotive manufacturers. However, the technology faced some serious challenges before it was ready to come to market. Fuel-cell powered vehicles use hydrogen as fuel.

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Toyota 2014 4Runner refresh tries to ramp up ruggedness

Toyota 2014 4Runner refresh tries to ramp up ruggedness

Toyota is talking up some of the details on its refreshed 2014 4Runner SUV. Toyota says that the new SUV has a "rugged exterior design" helping it to look as if it's meant to go off-road. The 4Runner is one of the more off-road capable of the SUVs on the market today. The 2014 will mark the fifth-generation of Toyota's classic SUV and brings a new exterior design along with interior refinement according to the automaker.

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Toyota ME.WE concept clads EV in chunky plastic

Toyota ME.WE concept clads EV in chunky plastic

Toyota has revealed a new EV concept that prioritizes flexibility, eco-concern, and easy damage repair, the ME.WE, cladding a simple aluminum sub-frame with easily interchanged polypropylene body panels. The electric car concept, designed in association with French firm Jean-Marie Massaud, can flip instantly between two- or four-wheel drive, thanks to an individual motor in each wheel, while the doors, bonnet, bumpers, wings, and other components can be switched out to suit different use-cases or to swiftly repair damage.

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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 and Lexus hybrids make up 70% of total hybrid sales in the US

Toyota and Lexus hybrids make up 70% of total hybrid sales in the US

Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus announced this week that combined the two automotive brands have sold nearly 2,000,000 hybrid vehicles in the United States. The specific number according to Toyota is 1,951,243 hybrid vehicles sold. Toyota also recently announced that it has sold 5 million hybrid vehicles globally.

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Toyota, Honda, Nissan all involved in major recalls over airbag faults

Toyota, Honda, Nissan all involved in major recalls over airbag faults

Some of the top automakers in Japan have been embroiled in the middle of major recalls having to do with the airbags in some of the vehicles they produced. Honda, Nissan, and Toyota have all recently issued recalls due to an airbag fault that could lead to improperly inflating airbags in the event of an accident. All three automakers use components for airbags produced by a Japanese manufacturer called Takata Corp.

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Toyota says Corolla outsold the Focus despite Ford’s claims

Toyota says Corolla outsold the Focus despite Ford’s claims

Toyota and Ford are battling over numbers, each claiming to have the top numbers and the bestselling global nameplate. First Ford published its numbers, which put itself in the top slot, only for Toyota to follow up a short while later with its own numbers, which trumped Ford's and bumped the latter company down to second place.

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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 recalls 310,000 FJ Cruisers due to seatbelt issue

Toyota recalls 310,000 FJ Cruisers due to seatbelt issue

Toyota has recalled a huge number of its popular FJ Cruiser SUVs - 310,000 to be exact. The recall was made due to a safety hazard posed by the driver and passenger seat belts, which could potentially fail due to how they are positioned in the vehicle. Most of the vehicles being recalled are in the US, but some of them are located elsewhere.

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Toyota i-Road electric vehicle turns up on video

Toyota i-Road electric vehicle turns up on video

We talked a couple times now about the strange little Toyota i-Road electric vehicle. The car was first seen at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. It's rather like a cross between a motorcycle and a very small electric vehicle. There was some indication that Toyota was aiming the vehicle at drivers wanting to split lanes in traffic as motorcyclists often do.

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Toyota FT-Open concept teases GT86 drop-top plans

Toyota FT-Open concept teases GT86 drop-top plans

Toyota has whipped the wraps off of its FT-Open concept, a compact cabrio set to make its official debut in Geneva next week, and testing the waters for a potential topless GT86. The concept uses a soft-top, rather than the more fashionable folding metal roof, meaning it can keep its 2+2 layout, while the GT86's two-liter, four cylinder "boxer" engine pushes out power through either a 6-speed manual or what Toyota claims is the world's fastest paddle-shift auto, spitting through gears in 2/10ths of a second.

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