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Toyota Prius goes lime green with new solar reflective paint

Toyota Prius goes lime green with new solar reflective paint

The Toyota Prius pictured above features a shade of green that is probably the last color you'd want adorning the Japanese manufacturer's popular hybrid, but it actually serves a special purpose. The new color option uses science and technology to help drivers conserve electricity by reducing how much heat the car absorbs from the sun. Dubbed "Thermo-Tect Lime Green," the color is the first use of solar reflective paint in a production vehicle.

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On the track with Toyota’s crazy Camaro-killing R-Tuned minivan

On the track with Toyota’s crazy Camaro-killing R-Tuned minivan

This family hauler, tuned by Toyota Technical Center in collaboration with championship-winning performance shop DG-Spec accomplished a super fast lap time of 1:27 which is on par with some of highest performance sports car available at the Streets of Willow Springs.

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Scion’s most interesting car will survive Toyota’s axe

Scion’s most interesting car will survive Toyota’s axe

Scion may be dead, but the company's most interesting car - and potentially the most important - of recent years will live on. Toyota's axe falls heavy on the youth-centric brand, folding it back into its behemoth parent amid mediocre sales and an audience less swayed by a brash badge and more by cost-effectiveness, imaginative models, and reliability and resale value.

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Sayonara Scion: Toyota kills fading youth brand

Sayonara Scion: Toyota kills fading youth brand

What good is a 'youth-oriented' automotive brand if the average age of its buyers is 49? How innovative and vital can a car company be when much of its new product is sourced from other automakers? The answer to those questions came today, with dramatic flourish, as Scion was axed by corporate parent Toyota, putting an end to 14 years of lukewarm experimentation from the Japanese giant.

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What you need to know about hydrogen fuel-cell cars

What you need to know about hydrogen fuel-cell cars

When it comes to selling a green vision, hydrogen power has an advantage: a glass of pure water the only thing spilling from your tailpipe. Despite that, fuel-cell based cars have been slow to reach the market, but your options in the US are set to double - to, admittedly, two models - by the end of the year.

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Toyota shows satellite Mirai with game-changer antenna tech

Toyota shows satellite Mirai with game-changer antenna tech

Soon your car will be able to avoid collisions, download movies and get traffic updates from space – thanks to a breakthrough in satellite technology. Toyota revealed the next generation in connectivity at the Detroit Auto Show Tuesday: a satellite embedded in the roof of its hydrogen-powered Mirai sedan that can download data faster and more securely than cellular networks.

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Toyota to accelerate connected car plans with Big Data Center

Toyota to accelerate connected car plans with Big Data Center

At CES 2016 Toyota has announced that they'll be bringing greater vehicle connectivity - smart connectivity, that is - through a new Data Communication Module (DCM). This is a software and hardware system which supports the creation and integration of smart technology into Toyota vehicles. Using Toyota's Big Data Center to support connected services, data-sensitive tech will be made more reliable for the end user. Toyota is also making all connectivity here safer through an upcoming collaboration with UIEvolution, Inc..

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Here’s how Toyota will make autonomous cars practical

Here’s how Toyota will make autonomous cars practical

Toyota is promising more affordable autonomous cars by turning each vehicle into a mobile map-maker, undercutting current systems in the process. The Japanese firm will show off its new, cloud-centric map generation system at CES 2016 in just a few weeks time, a combination of affordable cameras and GPS together with homegrown software to make sense of data from thousands of cars.

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The Best SUVs to Buy in 2016

The Best SUVs to Buy in 2016

Looking for the best SUV to buy in 2016? It's shaping up to be a good year for families seeking a fresh take on a familiar formula: how to get the entire brood from point A to point B in comfort and with a dash of style while also hauling all of life's essentials and accessories. A host of new SUVs are hitting the streets in 2016, ranging from entry-level people movers to full-on luxury cruisers, and we've picked five that represent the best of what's fresh for the coming year.

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Toyota Shows off S-FR concept ready to race

Toyota Shows off S-FR concept ready to race

The first time we caught a glimpse at the Toyota S-FR was back in October when the car was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show along with two other concepts. The original concept that Toyota unveiled might have been too cute for the enthusiasts and performance fans, but the latest version certainly looks meaner.

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Toyota to recall 1.6 million cars with Takata inflators

Toyota to recall 1.6 million cars with Takata inflators

Toyota will recall 1.6 million vehicles located in Japan to replace potentially faulty inflators from Takata Corp. These inflators had previously been recalled and determined to be safe; the reason for Toyota’s change of mind isn’t clear, but is perhaps a wise move given the potentially fatal results when the airbags are faulty. Toyota isn’t the first automaker to backtrack on a recall decision; earlier this month, Nissan also re-issued recalls in Japan over Takata inflators.

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2016 Toyota Prius First Drive: Eco-chic Gets Redone

2016 Toyota Prius First Drive: Eco-chic Gets Redone

Beloved by owners, bemoaned by automotive enthusiasts, championed by environmentalists, no car is as polarizing as the Toyota Prius. In California, it may be the only thing more abundant than sunshine. While other automakers have low-volume eco-friendly cars, or tout future solutions, the Prius delivers real-world results here-and-now.

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