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Toyota Aqua hybrid debuts in Japan to fight Honda Fit

Toyota Aqua hybrid debuts in Japan to fight Honda Fit

Toyota has launched a new hybrid car in Japan that is aimed at the Honda Fit. The hybrid is called the Toyota Aqua in Japan and when it makes its way to the US the hybrid will be called the Prius C. The car will hit the US as a 2013 model. Toyota is claiming some really big fuel economy figures for the car at 83mpg. That is on par with some EVs that are out there.

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Honda, Toyota and BMW reveal green car plans

Honda, Toyota and BMW reveal green car plans

Green transportation is high on the agenda for Honda, Toyota and BMW, with all three companies announcing earth-friendly engine plans at the Toyko Motor Show this week. Toyota and BMW revealed an engine-sharing deal that will see BMW-made 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines slotted into Toyota cars on sale in Europe from 2014, as well as joint research into future motor technologies. Meanwhile, Honda previewed its new "Earth Dreams Technology" range of engines, kicking off with a 1.6 liter diesel that it claims is the first step to it becoming top dog in fuel economy within three years time.

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Toyota Fun-Vii “smartphone on wheels” concept revealed

Toyota Fun-Vii “smartphone on wheels” concept revealed

Toyota has taken the wraps off its latest car concept, the Fun-Vii, a display-clad urban vehicle described as a "smartphone on four wheels." Revealed just ahead of the Tokyo Auto Show in a few days time, the Toyota Fun-Vii measures just over 4m long and 1.75m wide, and features dynamically customizable body panels that, like the interior of the car, can be updated to show your favorite photo, a text message or other content.

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Tokyo Motor Show attendees get a chance not to drive a self-driving Toyota Prius

Tokyo Motor Show attendees get a chance not to drive a self-driving Toyota Prius

Autonomous cars are scary. But not nearly as scary as some of the human drivers out there. Knowing this, Toyota is aiming to win friends and influence drivers by giving them a chance to witness their new AVOS (Automatic Vehicle Operation System) in action. Attendees of the Tokyo Motor Show next week will be able to hitch a ride while the car drives itself around the company's Smart Mobility Park.

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Intel and Toyota tie up for next-gen vehicle infotainment

Intel and Toyota tie up for next-gen vehicle infotainment

Intel and Toyota have announced that they are working together to develop the next generation of in-vehicle infotainment systems. The two firms are studying and investigating multiple items for use in cars including new usage models for device connectivity in the car. Among the things that Toyota and Intel are investigating are new interface mechanisms like touch, gesture and voice.

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Toyota medical robots give the ill a leg up

Toyota medical robots give the ill a leg up

Toyota is into all sorts of things even though we mostly think of the company for cars here in the US. Toyota is talking about its new Partner Robots that are aiming for a commercial launch in 2013 for Japanese users. There are three different robots that are aimed at helping the sick or handicapped be able to more freely in the home and out.

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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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Toyota prices new 2012 Tacoma truck range

Toyota prices new 2012 Tacoma truck range

If you are the sort that really likes compact pickups, your choices are getting very slim here in the States. Ford and GM have both discontinued their compact trucks here in the US leaving one of the only choices being the Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma has a redesigned body and interior this year giving the truck a fresh look. Toyota has unveiled the pricing for the 2012 Tacoma truck across all the models in the range.

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Toyota to Release their Smallest Car Yet, and it’s Electric!

Toyota to Release their Smallest Car Yet, and it’s Electric!

Everyone's favorite Scion-toting car company has announced that they'll be releasing their smallest vehicle ever in the USA in the Scion iQ, also the companies first electric vehicle. This car will be scheduled for 2012 and will indeed by pint-sized as it appears currently available already in Japan and in parts of Europe under the Toyota brand. This vehicle has a 1L engine and rolls out with a massively impressive 65 miles per gallon. I could get to my home town of Cloud City Minnesota and back on less than $10 bucks!

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Microsoft And Toyota Bringing The Cloud To Cars

Microsoft And Toyota Bringing The Cloud To Cars

Microsoft and Toyota jointly announced today their partnership to invest 1 billion yen (about $12 million) to bring telematics to your next-generation Toyota vehicle by harnessing the Windows Azure cloud platform. And in case you're unfamiliar, telematics is the fusing of telecomunnications and information technologies in vehicles.

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