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Zero-emission cars get 8 state commitment but charging shortage pinches

Zero-emission cars get 8 state commitment but charging shortage pinches

A push to increase zero-emission cars has seen eight US states set ambitious targets of 3.3m EVs and plug-in hybrids on the roads by 2025, an exponential increase on today's numbers, with collaborative infrastructure development near the top of the priority list. The pact, signed by California, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont, aims to consolidate pro-EV legislation, public charger roll-out, and other elements, "to make it easier for customers to operate and use zero-emission vehicles" according to California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols. However, auto makers have already warned that waning subsidies and tax credits could see the cost of zero-emission vehicles rise by up to $4,000.

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Toyota TNGA promises cheaper, faster, better driving cars from 2015 Prius on

Toyota TNGA promises cheaper, faster, better driving cars from 2015 Prius on

Toyota has taken the wraps off of its next-gen car platform, dubbed the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which will underpin every new car from the 2015 Prius on and save up to an estimated 30-percent on the cost and duration of development. The new program is expected to help Toyota avoid the costly and embarrassing recalls that have frequently punctuated its car launches over the past ten years, in addition to making production cheaper and, thanks to a Global Open Standard for common parts, trimming the range of components involved, Toyota says.

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Toyota to exhibit Automated Highway Driving Assist system next week

Toyota to exhibit Automated Highway Driving Assist system next week

Although a number of companies, which include Google, are setting their eyes forward to the future with fully or partially self-driving automobiles, car manufacturers still have their feet planted firmly on the ground of present-day concerns, which, of course, includes road safety. Responding to the need for safer driving and car technologies, Toyota has developed a system that brings the dream of an automated driving assistance of the future to answer the problems of today.

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Toyota and Nissan announce recalls over rollaway risk and sensor issues

Toyota and Nissan announce recalls over rollaway risk and sensor issues

Both Toyota and Nissan have issued recalls for select models they offer, with Toyota recalling a tad under 700,000 Sienna minivans and Nissan recalling over 900,000 models. In Nissan's case, some of its cars are experiencing problems with an accelerator sensor that could fail, causing the car to stall. Toyota's Sienna minivans, meanwhile, have an issue with a shift lever making a rollaway situation possible.

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Toyota Entune infotainment system no longer requires subscription

Toyota Entune infotainment system no longer requires subscription

We got a look at Toyota's Entune infotainment system back in 2011, an in-car entertainment system offering a variety of apps for certain vehicles. Thus far, Entune has been offered as a subscription service for those who elect to pay for it, something that it put an end to earlier this week. From now on, Entune is being automatically offered to drivers as a complimentary service.

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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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