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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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Toyota recalls Prius and Lexus hybrids over brake issues

Toyota recalls Prius and Lexus hybrids over brake issues

There's been quite a few recalls throughout the past year, and Toyota isn't new to them at all, as today's recall is the company's third major one in under a year. Toyota is recalling 242,000 Prius hybrids, as well as hybrids from the car maker's Lexus division, specifically the HS hybrid. The problem seems to be with the brakes, with drivers reporting that they're having to apply more pressure to the brake pedal in order to stop safely.

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Toyota 2014 4Runner refresh tries to ramp up ruggedness

Toyota 2014 4Runner refresh tries to ramp up ruggedness

Toyota is talking up some of the details on its refreshed 2014 4Runner SUV. Toyota says that the new SUV has a "rugged exterior design" helping it to look as if it's meant to go off-road. The 4Runner is one of the more off-road capable of the SUVs on the market today. The 2014 will mark the fifth-generation of Toyota's classic SUV and brings a new exterior design along with interior refinement according to the automaker.

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Toyota ME.WE concept clads EV in chunky plastic

Toyota ME.WE concept clads EV in chunky plastic

Toyota has revealed a new EV concept that prioritizes flexibility, eco-concern, and easy damage repair, the ME.WE, cladding a simple aluminum sub-frame with easily interchanged polypropylene body panels. The electric car concept, designed in association with French firm Jean-Marie Massaud, can flip instantly between two- or four-wheel drive, thanks to an individual motor in each wheel, while the doors, bonnet, bumpers, wings, and other components can be switched out to suit different use-cases or to swiftly repair damage.

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