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Toyota planning Prius evolution with big redesign for 2014

Toyota planning Prius evolution with big redesign for 2014

Toyota could give its best-selling Prius hybrid a significant design revamp for the next-gen car expected to arrive in early 2014, the company says, with a new look that would "really evolve" the distinctive wedge of today. Designers and engineers are still working with clay mock-ups for the final car, strategic planning VP for Toyota US, Chris Hostetter, told Bloomberg, but the possibility of a more sweeping change has been prompted by "an undercurrent among most people that they're ready for a new Prius look" the exec admits. However, changing the Prius isn't as straightforward as you might expect.

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Toyota installs massive 1.1-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell generator at its Torrance HQ

Toyota installs massive 1.1-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell generator at its Torrance HQ

Toyota Motor Sales USA has announced that it has installed and activated a new and very large hydrogen fuel-cell generator on the campus at its Torrance, California headquarters. The new fuel cell was activated yesterday and can produce 1.1-megawatts of electricity using hydrogen as the fuel. The gigantic fuel cell will be able to produce approximately half the electricity for six headquarters buildings during peak demand.

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Xbox Kinect skateboard concept demos hand-gesture control

Xbox Kinect skateboard concept demos hand-gesture control

Thanks to Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect motion-sensing device, hand gesturing is becoming more and more popular, and a lot of innovative companies are trying out the device themselves to come up with new ways to control things through hand gestures. Toyota has made a skateboard concept using a Kinect camera and a Windows 8 tablet to demonstrate some of the technology that the auto manufacturer may possibly implement into their vehicles in the future.

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7.43 million Toyota recalls over flaming switch fears

7.43 million Toyota recalls over flaming switch fears

Toyota has been forced to recall a whopping 7.43m cars worldwide over fears that a dodgy power window switch could pose a fire risk, the latest in a series of embarrassing safety stumbles for the Japanese firm. The problem, which affects a span of Toyota vehicles from the cheapest through to some of the company's most expensive models, is down to unevenly applied grease to the driver's side electric window control which, the car company warns, could lead to excess heat, melting or smoking of components, and even an impromptu armrest fire.

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Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai plan Nordic fuel-cell splurge

Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai plan Nordic fuel-cell splurge

Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Hyundai have inked an agreement with various Nordic countries to splay fuel-cell infrastructure - and the cars to take advantage of it - across the region starting from 2014. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a combination public and private companies and organizations in Norway, Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark will see zero-emission vehicles and a hydrogen distribution network set up by 2017, following similar agreements in Europe.

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Toyota unleashes new COMS golf cart

Toyota unleashes new COMS golf cart

Toyota may have already taken the time at Ceatec to announce its new Smart INSECT electric vehicle, but it wasn't stopping there. The company also revealed a new version of the COMS golf cart, and looking at the images below, it seems to have a lot in common with the Smart INSECT, at least from an aesthetic perspective. One of the main differences that you'll immediately notice is that the COMS doesn't come with doors, which is a pretty good way of distinguishing the two.

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Greener Toyota: 21 hybrids by 2015 and $46k eQ EV in December

Greener Toyota: 21 hybrids by 2015 and $46k eQ EV in December

Toyota will launch 21 new hybrids before the end of 2015 and an all-electric compact car, the Toyota eQ, in Japan and the US later this year, as part of a significant investment in eco-friendly transportation. The roll-out will start with a new 2.5-liter gas engine which, Toyota claims, achieves a world-record setting thermal efficiency of 38.5-percent, and be followed by a smaller capacity, turbocharged version, a Prius that can power your fridge in an emergency, and then a fuel-cell system in 2015.

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Stock Toyota Tundra to tow space shuttle Endeavor on the last leg of its final journey

Stock Toyota Tundra to tow space shuttle Endeavor on the last leg of its final journey

Toyota Motor Sales USA has announced that its Tundra full-size pickup is scheduled to be the to the vehicle that drags the space shuttle Endeavour on the final leg of its journey to the California Science Center on October 13. The California Science Center will be the final resting place for the Endeavour. I mentioned previously that the space shuttle's trip down some Los Angeles streets required the removal of old-growth trees, angering some Los Angeles residents.

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