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Toyota Sienta Hybrid MPV (Small Minivan): Forbidden Fruit Or Bizarre Oddity?

Toyota Sienta Hybrid MPV (Small Minivan): Forbidden Fruit Or Bizarre Oddity?

Toyota recently introduced a new minivan, and it's like nothing sold in the U.S. Buyers on this side of the Pacific are familiar with the rather large Sienna. But this is the Sienta (with a "t"), the second generation of a much smaller minivan model first introduced in 2003. DON'T MISS: Forbidden... read more

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2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid Production Relocates From Ohio To Japan

The topic of the press release issued late last Wednesday was not the sort of thing to set green-car fans' hearts racing: "Statement...Re: North American Production... read more April 13, 2015 by 


 
2016 Nissan X-Trail Hybrid (model sold in Japan)

Nissan Rogue Hybrid Launched In Japan, U.S. Sales Uncertain

More than four years after launching its Leaf electric car, Nissan is by far the leading maker of electric vehicles globally. In hybrids, however, it was late to the game and... read more April 8, 2015 by 


 
BMW i3 on Amazon.co.jp

Buy An Electric Car Online? In Japan, BMW i3 Is Sold On Amazon

The direct online sales model used by Tesla Motors has ignited a vigorous discussion--to say the least--over the state laws that protect franchised dealers in the U.S. Now... read more April 3, 2015 by 


 
Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014

Tesla urges Japanese Battery Suppliers To Take Gigafactory Risk

Almost as soon as it announced plans to build its lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory," Tesla Motors began to hint that it could be the first of many. After beginning construction... read more March 30, 2015 by 


 
2016 Toyota Mirai

Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Car To Get Global Showcase At 2020 Olympics

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are set to become a global showcase for hydrogen fuel-cell cars. Japan is already planning to use the games as an opportunity to expand its... read more March 16, 2015 by 


 
2016 Toyota Mirai construction at Motomachi plant

Low-Volume Assembly Line For Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car

What do a hydrogen fuel-cell sedan and an exotic supercar have in common? In the case of the 2016 Toyota Mirai and the defunct Lexus LFA, the answer is: an assembly plant... read more February 25, 2015 by 


 
Hydrogen station in Amagasaki City, Japan

Toyota, Honda, Nissan To Support Hydrogen Fueling Sites In Japan

Electric-car adoption is being helped by manufacturers spending money to build up charging infrastructure, taking it upon themselves to install charging stations for... read more February 13, 2015 by 


 
Honda N-Truck and N-Camp travel trailer concept, Japanese Camping Car Show, Feb 2015

Honda N-Truck Kei Concept: World's Tiniest Travel Trailer, Too Cute For Words

Sometimes there are cars that just make you grin. So how can you not love a tiny Japanese kei car, their minier-than-minicar class, converted into a pickup truck with its own... read more February 10, 2015 by 


 
2016 Toyota Mirai

Japan To Spend $385 Million On Hydrogen For 2020 Olympics Deadline

Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics, and officials there are already preparing the city to host an influx of athletes--and bask in the global spotlight. Japan is also... read more January 22, 2015 by 


 
2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

Japan Eases Laws, Boosts Incentives For Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars

The Japanese government plans to aggressively promote hydrogen fuel-cell cars, by easing regulations related to the technology, constructing more fueling stations, and... read more January 15, 2015 by 


 
Toyota FCV rally car

Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan 'Featured' At Rally Course In Japan

The Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan doesn't go on sale until next year, but it's already made its motorsport debut. Sort of. DON'T MISS: Will The Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Target The... read more November 4, 2014 by 


 
Toyota Esquire

Forbidden Fruit: Toyota Esquire Hybrid Luxury Minivan

Car enthusiasts often pine after vehicles sold in other markets, but this "forbidden" fruit rarely comes in the form of a minivan. The new Toyota Esquire is certainly not... read more October 31, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk delivers first Tesla Model S electric cars in Tokyo, Sept 2014

Tesla Sets Up Shop In Japan, Sells First Electric Cars

While Tesla Motors now sells electric cars in North America, parts of Europe, and--perhaps most importantly--China, it continues to expand its sales footprint. The most... read more October 8, 2014 by 


 
2015 Mazda Mazda6

Mazda To Offer Diesel-Hybrid (In Japan Only) While U.S. Diesels Still MIA

Mazda's American customers are still waiting on their first diesel model, but the Japanese brand could soon offer its home-market customers a diesel hybrid option too... read more August 14, 2014 by 


 
2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Nissan And Mitsubishi To Join Forces On Low-Cost Electric Minicar

Mitsubishi was the earliest maker to launch a modern battery-electric small car and sell it in volume, and Nissan has emerged as by far the world's highest-volume seller of... read more August 6, 2014 by 


 

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