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Toyota launches 2013 Crown series in Japan

Toyota launches 2013 Crown series in Japan

Toyota has new cars rolling off the assembly line in Japan this week, launching both the 2013 Crown Royal and Crown Athlete. Judging from the press shots we see below, the new cars in the Crown series look pretty sleek. Toyota even made a point of drawing our attention to the grills of the cars in its announcement, which it says were "based on the shape of a crown."

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Toyota paying out $1.1 billion to settle acceleration lawsuits

Toyota paying out $1.1 billion to settle acceleration lawsuits

There's more closure in the case of some Toyota cars falling victim to "unintended acceleration," as the company has agreed to pay out a whopping $1.1 billion to settle lawsuits centering around the flaw. For those who have forgotten, Toyota was forced to recall a ton of 2010 Lexus RX 350s and 450s after it was discovered that the floor mats can entangle the pedals and force the cars to accelerate. Unfortunately, a flaw like this is normally discovered after drivers have accidents, which is why Toyota was hit with a number of lawsuits.

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2013 Toyota Avalon Limited to be the first vehicle with in-car Qi wireless charging

2013 Toyota Avalon Limited to be the first vehicle with in-car Qi wireless charging

Wireless charging is no doubt the device charging method of the future. We've been hearing about Qi for a while now, with the technology being utilized by Nokia and others to bring wireless charging to mobile devices. The technology has finally found its way onboard vehicles, with the upcoming 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited being the first car to feature in-car wireless charging.

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Toyota hit with whopping $17.35 million fine from NHTSA

Toyota hit with whopping $17.35 million fine from NHTSA

Toyota is finding itself with a big bill to pay today, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hitting the company with a $17.35 million fine. The fine is based on safety defects discovered in 2010 Lexus RX 350s, though Toyota isn't getting fined simply because those defects exist. Instead, the company is getting hit with this fine because it allegedly failed to report these defects within the allowed window of five business days.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 23, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 23, 2012

Some of us are still recovering from our food comas, but luckily the weekend is here so most of us can use that time for recouping (or chowing down on leftovers). Let's recap the news from the day, shall we? Of course, today is Black Friday, with Apple kicking off a Black Friday sale of its own and the NPD saying that sales today could be what pushes tablet shipments above notebook shipments. We also heard from various companies that people were reaching for their phones and tablets on Thanksgiving to net some great deals, apparently not willing to wait until the Black Friday "festivities" kicked off.

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Toyota reveals 9 acres of talking road as smarter cars get safer

Toyota reveals 9 acres of talking road as smarter cars get safer

Toyota has revealed its latest plans to get the cars of tomorrow talking to the road, each other, and smoothing out driver-error for safer transportation, with the launch of the Intelligent Transport System test site. A near nine acres of replica roadways in Japan, the ITS Proving Ground is equipped with a road-to-vehicle communications system that alerts compatible cars to nearby pedestrians, other cars, traffic signals, and more. As well as increasing safety, the wireless tech could also be used to maximize fuel efficiency.

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