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2015 Toyota Sienna includes “megaphone” feature: shouting no longer necessary

2015 Toyota Sienna includes “megaphone” feature: shouting no longer necessary

The longer one's vehicle is (and, perhaps, the more kids it is filled with), the louder the driver has to shout to get a message to those in the back. Toyota has targeted this issue with its 2015 Sienna, including a megaphone-like feature that lets the driver talk to those in the rear, no bellowing necessary.

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Next-gen Prius: Toyota contemplating AWD option

Next-gen Prius: Toyota contemplating AWD option

Toyota is fleshing out its next-generation Prius, and in doing so is considering offering an all-wheel-drive option, according to the maker's Senior Managing Officer in charge of the powertrain development Koei Saga. In addition, the fourth-generation model will be offered with two different battery options.

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Toyota FCV Sedan gets a photo op, launch date and price

Toyota FCV Sedan gets a photo op, launch date and price

Last year, we came across Toyota's "eco-friendly" car, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle (FCV) that was set to launch 2014. It's 2014 now, and the car maker is unveiling this FCV's shiny exterior to the public and announcing how much it will cost Japanese buyers to get one when it does really launch next year.

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Toyota rehab robots boost bionic leg and balance game

Toyota rehab robots boost bionic leg and balance game

Toyota is rolling out new versions of its assist robotics, updating its "bionic leg" and balance-gamification system for rehabilitation and testing them out in Japanese hospitals. The Walk Training Assist and Balance Training Assist hardware aim to help paralyzed or recovering patients to regain their mobility skills, and are now more responsive to different degrees of rehab.

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Toyota FT-1: Inside the Gran Turismo 6 car made real

Toyota FT-1: Inside the Gran Turismo 6 car made real

As concept cars go, Toyota building a real-world FT-1 racer to celebrate the car's inclusion in Gran Turismo 6 really goes the extra mile, so we couldn't pass up the chance to get inside with designer William Chergosky of the company's CALTY Design Research team. CALTY cooked up the FT-1 concept after Toyota global president Akio Toyoda fell in love with the in-game version when he first played it, resulting in a car that teases the hotly-anticipated next-gen Supra.

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Toyota FT-1 chief designers talk sportscar concept

Toyota FT-1 chief designers talk sportscar concept

In January, Toyota took the wraps off its FT-1 sports car concept, a monster of a vehicle that wasn't slated for production. A single model of the FT-1 concept was constructed, however, and Jay Leno managed to get up close and personal with it, talking with some of its head designers and giving enthusiasts a solid look into the beast.

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Toyota TSO40 hybrid Le Mans racer packs 988hp

Toyota TSO40 hybrid Le Mans racer packs 988hp

In the racing world, having a car that gets better fuel economy is almost as good as having a racecar that is faster than the rest. The further you can drive on a tank of fuel at race speed, the more laps you can put in. Many manufacturers put as much effort into fuel efficiency as they do speed.

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Crazy Toyota i-Road hits Tokyo for tilting urban trial

Crazy Toyota i-Road hits Tokyo for tilting urban trial

Toyota has dispatched a small fleet of its i-Road electric "personal mobility vehicles" into public testing, the first of a multi-city trial to see just how practical tiny tilting three-wheelers could be for urban users. The i-Road, announced last year, will show up on Tokyo streets first, with ten of the 300kg two-seaters having been specially modified from the initial version we tried in Japan recently.

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BMW and Toyota team for hybrid Z4 replacement

BMW and Toyota team for hybrid Z4 replacement

BMW and Toyota have teamed up to share hybrid vehicle technologies and announced their partnership for a sports car late last year. The first car to come of the partnership is tipped to be a replacement for the BMW Z4 sports car. Toyota also says that the car will be a spiritual successor to the Supra. Perhaps Toyota will get a version along the lines of the FT-1 concept from Detroit.

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Toyota pays $1.2bn to get government off its pedals

Toyota pays $1.2bn to get government off its pedals

Toyota has agreed a $1.2bn settlement over its sticky accelerator pedal recalls with the US Attorney's Office, agreeing to the sum in order to finally put to rest the issues that saw it repair thousands of cars between 2009 and 2010. "Entering this agreement, while difficult, is a major step toward putting this unfortunate chapter behind us" Christopher P. Reynolds, chief legal officer at Toyota North America, said of the settlement.

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Toyota backtracks on CarPlay confirmation

Toyota backtracks on CarPlay confirmation

Toyota has backtracked on its own suggestions it would support Apple's CarPlay from 2015, first announcing that - and then pouring cold water on - the idea that it would adopt the iPhone infotainment system. Chatter was prompted by Toyota's UK blog, which revealed this week that the company "is a partner in the [CarPlay] project"; however, that confirmation was subsequently retracted, with Toyota saying it had no new news on whether CarPlay in its cars would be added.

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Toyota wireless EV charging demonstrated as trial kicks off

Toyota wireless EV charging demonstrated as trial kicks off

Toyota will begin testing its wireless charging system for the Prius and other EVs and plug-in hybrids later the month, aiming to cut the number of times drivers of eco-friendly vehicles need to plug in. The technology, a ruggedized pad that sits in a parking space and can withstand being driven over by the careless, begins charging as soon as a compatible car is positioned on top, with Toyota's video demo - which you can see after the cut - showing a self-parking Prius automatically maneuvering itself into place.

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