2010 Toyota Prius

  • Pre-Production 2010 Toyota Prius in Orlando

    Sometimes, you'd think that hybrid-electric vehicles were the most important development in the automotive world, if not the entire geopolitical sphere, in the last 15 years. They're not. More than a decade after they launched into the U.S. market, their market share hovers just south of 3 percent. Globally, it's roughly 1 percent. And by far the biggest portion of that total volume belongs to the three generations of the Toyota Prius, the world's first hybrid and the one that still represents more than one of every two hybrids on the planet. Its distinctive form has even earned the honor of...

  • 2000 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Seeks Country's 'Most Passionate Prius Fan' on Facebook

    The Toyota Prius is the quintessential hybrid vehicle, with an instantly recognizable shape and a place in history confirmed by the South Park "Smug" episode. It seems like it's been with us forever, but in fact, Toyota only sold its very first 2000 Prius in the U.S. just 10 years ago. To celebrate...

  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Drive

    We've told you many times about the upcoming 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid--delving into its cosmetic and technical changes in our live coverage from the 2010 New York auto show, discussing how it fits in the Sonata lineup in a New York preview, reporting live from Korea on the Sonata Hybrid's...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    In Line for a Nissan Leaf? You Probably Already Own a Prius

    If you're one of the more than 16,000 customers who put a deposit down on the 2011 Nissan Leaf, you're in luck--you're among the first in line as Nissan begins checking out home installation issues before opening the actual order process to pre-registered shoppers. And you're no newbie. In fact...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    GM Backs Up 2011 Chevy Volt With 8-Year, 100K-Mile Warranty

    Today the silence ended. We've driven the 2011 Chevy Volt Test Mule, We've cringed through the Volt Dance and we watched the Freedom Drive unfold over the July 4 weekend. While we've known about the car's 40 mile all electric range, 9 gallon fuel tank and planned 10,000 car production schedule for...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
    Who Buys a 2011 Nissan Leaf? Toyota Prius Owners, Of Course

    So who are these strange people who might want something as unusual, as perplexing, as downright radical as an electric car? More specifically, an all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf compact hatchback? Turns out they're the same people who wanted the last most radical type of family car: a...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius

    While the all-electric cars being launched as 2011 models--the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and Coda Sedan--get lots of attention, their total U.S. sales won't break 100,000 in their first year. Toyota, on the other hand, sells more than twice that number of hybrids here each year, making it by far the largest manufacturer of electric-drive vehicles in the world. In January, it announced plans to expand its Prius hybrid model into an entire line of vehicles. Those plans are still far from clear, and several contenders are rumored for the U.S. market. The possibilities include: 2012 Prius...

  • rendering of 2011 Toyota Prius Alpha people carrier from Japanese magazine
    March Debut Expected For New 2012 Toyota Prius Alpha Minivan

    Speculation about what models will join an expanded Toyota Prius lineup has run rampant since Toyota confirmed at January's Detroit Auto Show that it would add more body styles to the current five-door hatchback. One candidate: the Auris Hybrid, effectively a hybrid version of the Corolla hatchback...

  • 2011 Toyota Auris Hybrid - European model
    So, IS This the Next Toyota Prius Model? Should It Be?

    Toyota's plans to expand its Prius hybrid into an entire line of vehicles still aren't completely clear. Rumored new models have included a coupe version and a tall station wagon or "people mover" small minivan. Now a road test of the Europe-only 2011 Toyota Auris Hybrid raises the question: Will...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    2010 Toyota Prius Is Japan's Best-Selling Car For Entire Year

    Sales of the 2010 Toyota Prius are booming in the U.S., up more than 50 percent over last year during April alone. But they're way better yet in Japan, where the 2010 Prius has just completed a full year as the country's best-selling car. Toyota sold 26,482 Prius models in Japan during April...

  • Nissan President and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn
    Nissan Posts Q1 Losses, Confident of Future Leaf Success.

    Nissan Motor Company, the maker of the 2011 Leaf EV, posted today a net loss of $125 million for the first quarter of 2010 and a $45.8 million profit for the full fiscal year ending March 2010 -- a distinct improvement on the $2.9 billion loss for the financial year ending March 2009. With orders...

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