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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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Toyota i-ROAD teased for EV city duty

Toyota i-ROAD teased for EV city duty

Toyota can't seem top stop designing long, thin city cars, and its latest - the Toyota i-ROAD - has been teased ahead of a debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Billed as "an ultra-compact zero-emissions city car" the i-ROAD is otherwise shrouded in secrecy, though the top-down view suggests something along the lines of the Toyota Smart INSECT shown off in Japan last October.

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Toyota top in 2013 reliability but US marques show resurgence

Toyota top in 2013 reliability but US marques show resurgence

Auto reliability is up 5-percent overall, J.D. Power has declared for 2013, with some surprises for US manufacturers including General Motors, though Toyota stands clear as the overall winner despite its accelerator hangover. The Japanese firm dominated in seven segments, across all three of its Lexus, Toyota, and Scion brands, in the 2013 vehicle dependability study, based on 37,000 reports from 2010-year vehicles.

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Toyota unveils the 2014 Tundra pick-up truck at Chicago Auto Show

Toyota unveils the 2014 Tundra pick-up truck at Chicago Auto Show

On Thursday, Toyota unveiled its 2014 Tundra pick-up truck at the Chicago Auto Show, showing off a newly designed interior and larger, more built exterior. The truck is slated to be available in September, but no word was given on how much this beastly-looking vehicle will cost. In an effort to boost sales, Toyota will also be offering two luxury Tundra models.

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Toyota announces FR-S Roadster and i-ROAD tandem seater concepts

Toyota announces FR-S Roadster and i-ROAD tandem seater concepts

Toyota has unveiled two concepts it has prepared for the Geneva Motor Show, one of which is a rather strange-looking top shot of a tandem two-seater called the i-ROAD. The other is a concept of the FT-86 Open, shown in the appealing sketch below. You can check out the concept image of the i-ROAD tandem vehicle after the jump.

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Toyota recall woes continue: 1.1m cars pulled

Toyota recall woes continue: 1.1m cars pulled

Toyota faces another embarrassing recall, this time pulling 1.1m cars back into dealerships to address two independent flaws affecting Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and Lexus IS models. The recalls, which affect cars in the US, Japan, Canada, and Mexico, Reuters reports, are over faulty airbag electronics that could trigger unexpected inflation, and recalcitrant wiper assemblies that could fail in arduous conditions.

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