Toyota News

  • 2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive

    Mazda's famed rotary engine may spin once again. The automaker confirmed the development of a range-extending rotary engine with Toyota for use in a shared future project. Toyota revealed the e-Palette concept on Monday at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The vehicle, a battery-electric and self-driving prototype, previews one possibility for Toyota to partner with other companies to develop purpose-built vehicles and mobility solutions. In a statement, Toyota said its "e-Palette alliance" includes partnerships with Uber, Amazon, and Pizza Hut. Toyota specifically named Mazda...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2016
    Toyota plans 1 million zero-emission vehicles a year by 2030: our analysis

    Sales of plug-in electric cars are rising steadily in North America, Europe, and Asia, with roughly 2 million now on the world's roads. China is debating when it will ban sales of new vehicles with combustion engines. Meanwhile, Toyota—one of the four largest global automakers—is only...

  • Akio Toyoda, President, Toyota and Kazuhiro Tsuga, President, Panasonic
    Toyota, Panasonic agree to study prismatic battery cells for electric cars

    For the 20 years since the introduction of the Prius, Toyota has enjoyed the first-mover advantage in hybrid cars, and leveraged those green credentials to boost public perception of its brand as a whole. But Toyota has yet to mass-market a battery-electric vehicle in the U.S., as Nissan has done...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE, Willamette Valley, Oregon, June 2017
    2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid video road test

    The 2018 Toyota Camry is the latest generation of the car that launched a category—the mid-size hybrid sedan—way back in 2007. While competitors in that segment now include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima, the Camry Hybrid remains one of the most...

  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA
    Toyota to build megawatt electric and hydrogen plant fueled by California bio-waste

    Toyota today is the world's most ardent proponent of using hydrogen fuel cells for zero-emission vehicles rather than large battery packs. The huge Japanese carmaker, one of the world's four largest, now sells its Toyota Mirai fuel-cell sedan around the world, and has more hydrogen-powered vehicles...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    Toyota to sell electric cars in China, use Suzuki EVs in India, from 2020: report

    Toyota made its future battery-electric car project public this past April after an "agonizing" decision to depart from its sole focus on a future powered by hydrogen fuel cells as its sole zero-emission vehicle technology. Mostly, that shift is due to China and India—two major auto markets...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius V

    After six model years, the 2017 Toyota Prius V will soon leave the stage, and there will be no 2018 version. Toyota has confirmed to Green Car Reports that it is ending production of the hybrid wagon for the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The reason is simple: Its sales have fallen considerably since the 2016 launch of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid compact crossover. DON'T MISS: 2012 Toyota Prius V: Hybrid Wagon Drive Report (Jan 2012) Buyers' preference for a hybrid SUV against a hybrid wagon simply follows the overall market trend, in which passenger sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons are giving way to utility...

  • Toyota PriuSRT8 by American Racing Headers
    What is a Toyota Prius Hellcat? You may not want to know

    The huge annual SEMA show for builders and owners of highly customized cars brings out some truly bizarre creations. Only at SEMA will you see vehicles like the one-of-a-kind PriuSRT8, a Toyota Prius with a gas-guzzling V-8 engine under its hood that effectively turns the hybrid's green credentials...

  • Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Toyota electric cars could use airless tires if research pans out: report

    Although electric cars offer numerous benefits in engineering, design, and zero-emission operation, their overall weight remains a hurdle for automakers, especially as bigger batteries with longer ranges become more important. It now appears that Toyota may look to airless tires as a way to cut...

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016
    New entry-level 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE model starts at $28,100

    Toyota's popular RAV4 crossover utility vehicle will gain a new entry-level hybrid trim for the 2018 model year, offering a remarkably good price against a gasoline-only RAV4 crossover. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE trim lets buyers choose the greater fuel efficiency of a hybrid powertrain for...

  • Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride fuel-cell concept targets 600 miles of range

    Toyota continues to experiment with and develop various types of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles despite not yet offering a single production battery-electric car. The Japanese automaker now sells the Mirai, has announced it will begin studies of the Project Portal fuel-cell semi truck, and reportedly...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius V spy shot excerpt - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Toyota Prius V to shift from wagon to SUV design, but will it have AWD?

    With gas prices remaining cheap and all vehicles getting better fuel economy these days, utility vehicles are all the rage among U.S. buyers. Whether smaller crossovers or bigger SUVs, utilities have not only ended the market for traditional wagons but are eating significantly into sales of...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid

    Toyota can’t be blamed for a lack of effort: The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is dripping with it. From the creased hood and cascading brow to the Modernist center console enclosed by flickers of chrome, the mid-size stalwart is anything but lazy. Our first, limited exposure to the hybrid sedan left us impressed, but with unanswered questions. Namely, how the nickel-metal hydride battery setup in the XLE Hybrid would fare in providing real-world fuel economy. Also, what kind of Camry Hybrid can customers expect to find on dealers’ lots? After all, the early pre-production prototypes...

  • Toyota 'Project Portal' proof-of-concept hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi tractor, for Port of LA
    Toyota to study Mirai-derived fuel-cell tech for heavy-duty trucks

    Toyota announced on Thursday that it will begin testing in two California ports a hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty truck adapted from the Toyota Mirai's powertrain for drayage use. Initially, Toyota is looking at how it can use hydrogen fuel-cell-powered vehicles to significantly reduce vehicle...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Dallas, Texas
    2017 Toyota Prius Prime real-world gas mileage, electric range review

    The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is an automotive enigma. It proudly flaunts its eco-friendly credentials, yet its factory-rated 25 miles of electric range simply pales in comparison to the 53 miles advertised by the Chevrolet Volt. I hopped into a Titanium Glow (think beige) 2017 Prius Prime for a...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Prototype
    Toyota electric-car tech to come from venture with Mazda, Denso

    Very little is known for sure about the long-range electric car Toyota will launch around 2020. Over the last two years, the company—by far the industry's strongest proponent of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles—has concluded it must field a battery-electric vehicle to stay competitive...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
    Which company's electric-car success will surprise us? Poll results

    Predicting the future is always hazardous, but for the auto industry, this is a particularly uncertain time. Four trends—electrification, connectivity, autonomy, and sharing—are coming together in a whirlwind that could rearrange the industry and its businesses within a decade or two...

  • 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
    Which company's electric-car success will surprise us? Take our Twitter poll

    Sometimes the competition among global automakers can seem like watching a professional sports league. Powerhouse teams—GM, Renault Nissan, Toyota, VW Group, the four largest global makers—compete against each other as well as against smaller, scrappier upstarts with devoted and loyal...

  • 2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive

    Toyota is one of the largest global automakers, while Mazda is one of the smallest. This morning, the two Japanese makers announced a capital-investment deal under which Toyota would take a small shareholding in Mazda, the smaller maker would invest in Toyota as well, and the two would set up a joint U.S. assembly plant. The two makers also said they would cooperate on electric-vehicle technology, as well as connected-car and advanced safety technologies. DON'T MISS: Mazda to offer electric car in 2019, maybe with range extender? The vehicles to be produced at the shared plant will be the...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
    2022 Toyota electric car to use solid-state batteries: updated report

    Toyota has long claimed battery-electric cars are suitable only for limited uses, and promoted hydrogen fuel cells as the best zero-emission vehicle technology. Pushed by China's increasingly tough emission rules, the company recently—and reluctantly—committed to building all-electric...

  • 1946 Chevrolet pickup Toyota Prius conversion
    1946 Chevy pickup truck is world's oldest Prius hybrid. Really.

    There are countless tales of classic cars and trucks receiving new life via parts from a completely different automobile. Whether it's an engine swap, a new platform, or a mix of a few different vehicles, project cars make for some of the greatest stories. This 1946 Chevrolet pickup truck is...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE, Willamette Valley, Oregon, June 2017
    2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid first drive

    The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient version of all-new range of Toyota's popular mid-size sedan, its best-selling vehicle in the U.S. until very recently. The new Camry Hybrid is based on some of the same underpinnings as the 2016 Prius, and uses that car's updated hybrid system...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime
    Toyota sold all its Tesla shares by the end of 2016

    Toyota quietly unloaded the rest of its Tesla shares near the end of last year. In the process, the Japanese automaker confirmed its partnership to develop electric vehicles and related technologies had been canceled. Toyota has by far shown the most restraint in developing battery electric...

  • Hydrogen station in Ebina City, Japan
    Toyota, Honda, Nissan, other Japan firms to fund hydrogen fueling

    Earlier this year in Europe, 13 companies joined forces to create the Hydrogen Council, a global initiative to discuss and promote the use of hydrogen as a renewable source of energy. In the United States, GM and Honda have partnered up to build a production plant in Michigan that will roll out...