Toyota Prius News

  • 2013 Toyota Prius liftback

    For a long time, the Toyota Prius was the only game in town for high fuel-efficiency vehicles. Starting with the 2004 model, it really came to define the public image of a hybrid car. Now, though, as hybrids and plug-in cars are slowly growing their share of the market, Prius sales have fallen--not just as a share of the "alternative powertrain" segment, but in raw numbers. According to Ward's Auto sales data, hybrids and plug-ins together took 3.71 percent of the U.S. market last month--just 0.01 percent below their all-time high share of 3.72 percent last December. About 7,500 plug-in cars...

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    Toyota Prius Continues To Trounce Honda's Insight In Global Hybrid Sales

    The Toyota Prius has come a long way since hitting the market over a decade ago. Back then, at the turn of the 21st century, it was no more than a fuel efficient but ultimately unappealing curio, bought only by a select few. Fast-track to 2012 and it was one of the world's highest-selling cars...

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    5 Million Toyota Hybrids Sold, Near 2 Million Of Them In U.S.

    Say the word "hybrid" and then ask drivers, anywhere in the world, to name a car brand. They'll likely say "Toyota," a testimony to that brand's launch of the first Prius in 1997 and its tenacious pursuit of improvement in hybrid-electric powertrain technology since then. Today, Toyota announced it...

  • To Go Before 2013 - national gathering of Toyota Prius owners
    First Toyota Prius Hybrid National Car Meet Announced For June

    Toyota has now sold more than 1 million Prius hybrids in the U.S. over 12 years. Now their owners can get together to celebrate their cars, and all the fuel they didn't burn. For the first time ever, a national gathering of Prius owners is being held from June 14 through 16 in Riverside...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
    Discounts Soar On Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrids--In New York

    Live in the New York area? If you do, you're perfectly placed to get some hefty discounts on Toyota's Prius Plug-In right now. In fact, you're in the right place to get a discount on several green models at the moment, including the regular Prius, as well as Ford C-Max and Fusion hybrids. According...

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    California Is Unlike Anywhere Else: Toyota Prius Most Popular New Car

    Years ago, tourism officials in the Lone Star State adopted the saying, "Texas: It's Like A Whole Other Country". There's some truth to that, but the slogan might be most appropriate for California. Like Texas, California, is home to a diverse array of cultures and a wide range of environments...

  • 2004 Toyota Prius

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into possible defects with 2004-2009 Toyota Prius steering shafts. No official recall has yet been announced, and will only follow if the NHTSA grants a defect petition claiming the steering column linkage was improperly assembled. According to The Detroit News, a possible 561,000 Prius models from 2004-2009 model years would be affected. The NHTSA's latest investigation (action number DP13001) follows a petition from Virginia-based Automotive Systems Analysis, who discovered wear and corrosion at the base of the steering...

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    Toyota Prius Becomes Emergency Generator With Special Kit

    Last year's East Coast power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy illustrated just how much we rely on electricity in our daily lives. Virtually everything we rely on day to day requires power. No power means no hot water for washing, no refrigerated food, and often, no way of cooking. After the...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model
    Right Electric Range For A Plug-In Hybrid: Is Lower Better?

    How much electric range is the "right" amount in a plug-in hybrid or range-extended electric car? If you're a fan of battery electric vehicles, the answer is "all of it." But if you want to drive most of your miles on electricity, and still have the security of a combustion engine as a backup for...

  • Toyota Camry Hybrid NYC Taxi [Photo: Flickr user gomattolson]
    Toyota Doesn't Seek Hybrid Taxi Sales--Cabbies Just Love Them Anyway

    Taken a taxi anywhere recently? Nowadays, there's a pretty good chance that if you have, it's been a hybrid--low running costs and great reliability records are starting to make them popular with drivers, as gas prices creep ever upwards. Toyota's Prius and Camry Hybrids are becoming a familiar...

  • Toyota's Everyday Drive website highlights the advantages of the Prius Plug-In
    Toyota's Everyday Drive Website Highlights Plug-In Hybrid Benefits: Video

    While purchasing a hybrid vehicle is a relatively easy decision these days, the purchase of a plug-in hybrid can be significantly more difficult to justify, thanks to its greater expense. In terms of the Toyota Prius, a 2013 Prius Two with no options can be configured with a sticker price as low as...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
    Buy A Toyota Prius Plug-In, Get Up To $5,000 In Cash Incentives

    Toyota is offering up to $5,000 in bonus financing cash for buyers of the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. Until December 3, buyers can get $5,000 bonus financing cash on the Plug-In Prius Advanced model (offer #1239), and $4,000 on the regular Plug-In Prius (#1235). The deals also include 0% APR...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius

    Over the next 14 months, you can expect leaks, rumors, suppositions, spy shots, and outright guesses about the 2016 Toyota Prius to proliferate. The fourth generation of Toyota's quintessential hybrid car is a crucial model for the company. If Toyota sticks to its model cadence, we expect that all-new Prius liftback to be shown at either the 2014 or the 2015 Detroit Auto Show--and go on sale within a few months as a 2015 or 2016 model. The next Toyota Prius, incidentally, will likely be assembled in the U.S. for the first time. While the Toyota Prius is now a family of four vehicles, and...

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    Toyota Recalls Prius, Corolla Models For Steering Issue

    Toyota has announced the recall of 2.8 million vehicles worldwide to correct a steering fault found on some models. 670,000 Toyota Prius and Corolla models in the U.S. may suffer from an issue in the steering column. The faulty component may cause a knocking or rattling from the steering column...

  • 2011 Toyota Prius
    Using A Hybrid For Emergency Power: Tough Choice

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, there are still thousands without power--and even shelter--along the Northeast coast. It makes most of our issues look rather trivial, but admidst the chaos we've seen examples of great solidarity and ingenuity from those affected. The power losses have also...

  • 2012 Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept
    Will Toyota Prius Hybrid Change Its Shape For 2015?

    Love it or loathe it, everyone can recognize the Toyota Prius. Since the second generation model arrived in the 2004 model year, the aerodynamically-honed one-box shape has always shouted "Prius". So much so that many consider Honda's Insight hybrid to deliberately feature similar styling. Only...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
    Toyota Prius Hybrids Now The Best-Selling Cars In California

    Ten years ago, even in green-car-loving California, the Toyota Prius hybrid was a rare sight on the roads. By the start of 2012, the Toyota Prius was far from rare, recording impressive sales figures in both March and May, to become the world’s third best-selling car line. Now, Toyota’s...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    Have Hybrid Cars Finally Moved Beyond Stereotypes?

    There was a time when anyone who drove a hybrid car--especially a Toyota Prius--was viewed with distain by the majority of other road users. They were seen as aloof, over-privileged, and perhaps, thanks to a certain episode of South Park, smug about their car buying decision. But with more hybrids...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

    The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid is the second best-selling plug-in electric car in the U.S. today. It outsells the Nissan Leaf and is bested only by the Chevrolet Volt. But if you view it as an electric car, it’s an odd duck indeed. The car’s plug-in hybrid powertrain adds a 4.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to what is essentially a standard Toyota Prius hybrid. That pack can be recharged by plugging it into a wall outlet. The EPA says the Prius Plug-In has an electric range of 11 miles, though the small print notes that the car can only do 6 continuous miles...

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    2013 Toyota Prius, Prius V, Prius Plug-in Hybrid Pricing Announced

    The 2013 Toyota Prius Liftback and 2013 Prius V wagon will cost buyers between $100 and $200 more than comparable 2012 models, Toyota announced yesterday. The pricing increase, which comes into effect immediately, means that those buying the 2013 Prius Liftback will find themselves paying $200 more...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011
    Toyota Prius Hybrid Family: Which Models Are Most Successful?

    For 12 years, the Toyota Prius hybrid stood alone in the growing lineup of Toyota vehicles. Then, for 2012, the Prius model became a whole family of cars--four of them, in fact. So which of the new Prius family members is doing the best so far, and which kid is lagging and might benefit from some...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    U.S. Car Buyers Like Hybrids, Europeans Go For Diesels; Why?

    If you’re a car buyer in the U.S. looking for a high gas-mileage car, the chances are you’re going to choose a hybrid car for your next vehicle. In Europe, however, hybrid cars are generally shunned by car buyers in preference of high gas-mileage diesel cars. But why do U.S. car buyers...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Gets EPA-Approved 47MPG All-Round

    After taking part in a rather unusual fuel-economy test for its non-hybrid 2013 Fusion EcoBoost, Ford has announced its 2013 Fusion Hybrid has just been awarded its official gas mileage ratings by the EPA. Just like the 2013 C-Max Hybrid, the 2013 Fusion Hybrid has been rated at 47 mpg highway, 47...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    Making The Transition To A Hybrid Car? Here’s What To Expect

    Over the past decade, hybrid electric cars have gone from being niche market vehicles for movie stars and green thinkers to everyday vehicles that can save you big money on your gas bill. In fact, with more hybrid cars to choose from than ever before, there’s never a better time to make the...

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