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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Breaking Stereotypes

“Why wouldn’t you get a hybrid? Why wouldn’t you?”

Retired driver’s ed teacher, RaVelle Forman challenges many hybrid misconceptions in this new series by Toyota. It offers a funny look at the benefits of driving a hybrid vehicle.

His class, unfortunately, is not too keen on the idea and their reactions range from disbelief to incredulity to complete disinterest. Sounds like a typical classroom of teens, doesn’t it?

What are some of the reasons that you’ve heard for passing on hybrid vehicles?

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Cars.com Charmed by Handsome 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Though the notion of a midsize crossover that offers first-rate fuel economy is no doubt a novel one, Toyota has managed to bring this once far-fetched idea into the realm of reality with the 2016 Highlander Hybrid.

Wondering what else this terrific transport brings to the table? Well, wonder no more, as Cars.com critic, Kelsey Mays, is here today to spell it all out:

Motivated by a 3.5-liter V6, a set of electric motors and a battery pack, the Highlander Hybrid is rated at a robust 280 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive are standard across…

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Scion to Transition to Toyota

Scion, established in 2003 as a laboratory to develop products and processes to appeal to young customers, will be transitioning to the Toyota brand.
Scion achieved its goal of attracting new, younger customers. With sales of more than a million vehicles, 70 percent were to customers new to Toyota and 50 percent were to people under 35 years old.

But Millennials have a different mindset and now appreciate the Toyota brand for its quality, durability…
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Toyota Acquires All of Daihatsu

Toyota Motor Corp, the world's largest automaker, said it would buy out the rest of minivehicle unit Daihatsu Motor Co - an all-stock deal worth about $3 billion and part of its strategy to strengthen its push into compact cars for emerging markets.

The companies intend to develop Daihatsu into a global brand as they focus on growing markets for compact cars, noting that entry-level car markets were expanding due to economic development and that…
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Toyota Outproduces Volkswagon And GM To Retain Title As World's Largest Automaker

Toyota Again World's Largest Automaker

Last summer, and in a Dewey vs. Truman moment, media around the world crowned Volkswagen as the world’s largest automaker. The game is not decided at halftime, and when Toyota published its official 2015 results today, Volkswagen AG found itself in the same place it started the year, namely 2nd-rated behind global juggernaut Toyota Motor Co. As much as I hate to…
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Cops Get A Boost From Toyota Hybrids In MPGs, Arrests, And Dollars

Toyota Camry Hybrid Enforces More Law Per Gallon


ARKADELPHIA, Ark., Jan. 21, 2016 – On the surface, it’s just an environmental thing: A gas/electric hybrid is going to emit less pollutants than a gasoline-only power train. But it’s also going to use less fuel and get more mpg and at low speeds, it’s quieter than a gasoline engine.  Think of it as a “stealth mode” when running…
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Rav4 Hybrid Becomes Toyota's 8th Hybrid Model

Toyota has added an eighth model to its gasoline-electric product portfolio with the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Since its introduction in 1994, the compact Toyota RAV4 sport utility has sold 2.4 million units in the U.S.

Now in its fourth generation, the 2016 RAV4 receives a refreshed front-end design that reflects the styling cues of Toyota’s passenger cars, while bold new LED tail lamps dominate its tall sculpted rear fascia.

The RAV4…
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Marion Toyota Once Again Supporting Miss Illinois Scholarship Pageant

Marion Toyota is proud to announce that they will once again be supporting the Miss Illinois Scholarship Pageant in 2016.  This year's competition will be held June 13th through June 18th at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center in Marion, Illinois.

The event is the official state preliminary to the Miss America Pageant.  The Miss America Organization is the largest single source of scholarship funds for young women in the world and at all…
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Toyota's Human Support Robot Takes Mobility Assistance Indoors

The Toyota Research Institute is beginning research this month in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence.

One of TRI's headlining goals is the development of self-driving vehicles. However, TRI's other main purpose is developing tools to expand Toyota Mobility for in-home use.

This Human Support Robot (HSR) may not look like much. All it is is a single grasping arm on a telescoping body.

What can it do?

It picks objects up, and sets them down again. It can grab items from the floor, or from high spaces.

This might not sound like much, until you have…

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Lexus LC 500 Makes Its Debut At The 2016 North American International Auto Show

Global Debut of All-New Lexus LC 500 At The 2016 NAIAS Signals Dawn Of A New Era For Lexus

When the Lexus LF-LC Concept debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, the press, loyal customers, and enthusiasts wondered if the concept’s arresting styling and dramatic proportions could ever evolve into a production 2+2 coupe. Today, four years after the debut of the breakthrough concept that inspired it, Lexus has revealed the all-new LC 500 luxury coupe. This provocative, athletic flagship coupe makes the strongest statement yet about Lexus’ future product direction.
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