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Lexus GS450h F SPORT: The best hybrid Toyota won’t sell you

Lexus GS450h F SPORT: The best hybrid Toyota won’t sell you

Toyota's best-selling hybrid car is the Prius; it's best hybrid car period could well be the Lexus GS450h F SPORT. While Toyota hybrids have capitalized on the earth-friendly, fuel-sipping potential of models like the Prius, over in the Lexus stable the addition of electric has been with more driver-friendly enhancement in mind, emphasizing the marque's legendary smooth drive with the lashings of quiet torque the technology can deliver. None represents that green madness better than the GS450h F SPORT, and so unsurprisingly we jumped at the opportunity to test out a car that had been specially shipped over to show us what the US is missing.

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Toyota RAV4 EV first drive

Toyota RAV4 EV first drive

For a while, the modern eco-friendly vehicle had a familiar silhouette, and it was Prius shaped. Now, though, Toyota is branching out in not only its electric range but its types of drive, and so we have the RAV4 EV, eschewing gas and fuel-cells altogether in favor of what could be the most pious interpretation of green driving so far. Still, when your engine and battery are provided by Tesla, there's probably more to the story than just making all-electric family-friendly. We clambered behind the wheel (and brought our heaviest right foot) to see if the RAV4 EV holds up to scrutiny.

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Hybrids and EVs could soon cost up to $4k more Toyota warns

Hybrids and EVs could soon cost up to $4k more Toyota warns

Hybrid and ZEV car prices could rise by up to $4,000 as battery technology fails to keep pace with dwindling federal tax credits, Toyota has warned, despite aggressive targets for low-emission cars in the US. Development of cheaper, more power-dense batteries are likely to bring down the cost of building cars like the Prius, Toyota's Tom Stricker, VP of technology and regulatory affairs said, but countered that good news with the company's own internal calculations that its cars - and those of competitors, like GM's Volt and Nissan's Leaf - could still end up costing between $2,000 and $4,000 more as subsidies and credits expire and are not reinstated.

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Toyota wireless EV charging testing in 2014 as 4th-gen Prius teased

Toyota wireless EV charging testing in 2014 as 4th-gen Prius teased

Toyota is working on wireless charging systems for its next-gen Prius, intending to put such connection-free technology into verification testing in 2014 in the US, Japan, and Europe. The inductive charging system will be able to transfer power to a Prius or other Toyota hybrid vehicle without requiring a physical connection, Toyota Managing Officer Satoshi Ogiso says today, similar to Qi charging for smartphones but on a much larger scale.

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Toyota: 5m US hybrid sales goal by 2016 is “friendly challenge”

Toyota: 5m US hybrid sales goal by 2016 is “friendly challenge”

Toyota may have sold 5m hybrids worldwide since the launch of the original Prius in 1997, but the company's next goal is a lot more localized: 5m hybrid sales in the US by 2016. Speaking at the company's Hybrid World Tour, senior vice president of automotive operations Bob Carter threw down the gauntlet to not only Toyota but the car industry in general, highlighting that if as a whole it could achieve the ambitious hybrid shift, it could save three billion tons of gasoline per year.

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Toyota hunts RAV4 EV buyers as eco-SUV sales stall

Toyota hunts RAV4 EV buyers as eco-SUV sales stall

Toyota will cut the cost of financing to boost sales of its electric vehicle range, the company has confirmed, after demand for models like the RAV4 EV proved less enthusiastic than predicted. The Japanese company had aimed to shift 2,600 RAV4 EVs - priced at around $50,000 apiece - by the end of next year, though sales from September 2012 to July 2013 amounted to 709 cars. Toyota isn't alone in struggling to sell its EVs, however, with suggestions that there is a growing "two-tier" market for the low-emission vehicles in which Tesla is leading while others struggle.

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2014 Toyota 4Runner revealed

2014 Toyota 4Runner revealed

Toyota's 2014 4Runner has been revealed, a refresh of the mid-sized SUV with a new, extra-rugged exterior and more comfortable interior as well as a trio of variants. The new 4Runner will be offered in SR5, Limited, and Trail formats - depending on whether the driver's focus is budget, luxury, or off-road potential - with seating for up to seven and a choice of drive modes from the standard 4.0-liter V6 and five-speed ECT-i auto transmission.

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Toyota fuel-cell car in 2014 with 300 mile range and Tesla-competitive price

Toyota fuel-cell car in 2014 with 300 mile range and Tesla-competitive price

Toyota's upcoming fuel-cell powered car will be priced roughly in line with the Tesla Model S, and deliver around 300 miles on a full tank of hydrogen, the company has revealed, ahead of the FCV-R-based vehicle's debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year. The new car, which may be launched under Toyota's own brand or as a Lexus, will cost in the neighborhood of $50,000 "depending on how big your neighborhood is" US advanced product development VP Chris Hostetter said, Bloomberg reports, with Toyota targeting something "price competitive" with Tesla's sedan.

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2014 Toyota Corolla unveiled with new LE Eco grade offering 40MPG

2014 Toyota Corolla unveiled with new LE Eco grade offering 40MPG

Toyota has announced the 2014 Corolla, the 11th generation in the line, bringing with it a new LE Eco trim line that offers 40+ MPG. The auto maker says the 2014 model features "dramatically amplified elements" in its overall design, while retaining the elements enthusiasts recognize and enjoy. The design is said to be the byproduct of consumer feedback, which showed that the vehicle's style was one of its most important factors, and as such Toyota says the 2014 design challenges "pre-conceptions" consumers have about the model.

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