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Toyota Production In Japan--Including Prius--To Resume At Half-Speed
Toyota Production In Japan--Including Prius--To Resume At Half-Speed

In the aftermath of the devastating March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami, Japan's automakers are just starting to formulate plans to get rolling once again—at least in part. After being shut down for more than a month, several of Toyota's plants will begin limited production between...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Study: Unemployment Rate, Gas Prices Predict Vehicle Demand

At first glance, the auto market can look fickle from one month or season to the next. Some months Americans are more into thirstier vehicles; other months—like this one—we put down our wont toward trucks, and there's a rush on fuel-efficient small cars. Now, two researchers at the...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
White, Black And Silver: Top Car Color Choices In North America

Ever think that white cars are taking over America? It seems that everywhere you look that’s all you see on the freeways and roadways and in parking lots and up and down your street. It’s an understandable assumption. In fact, white and white pearl have retained the top spot in car...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010
Toyota: It’s Our Responsibility To Address Hybrid, Plug-In Confusion

Hybrids such as the Toyota Prius have now been offered for more than a decade. Yet as we learned from a study revealed just this past week, a surprisingly high percentage of new-car shoppers don't really know how hybrids work—or what makes plug-in hybrids or battery-electric vehicles...Read More»

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Gas Prices Fueling Price Spike On High-Mileage Hybrids, Small Cars

Gasoline prices are on the rise. And as surely as we can say that more Americans will start putting half-tanks into their cars and complaining loudly about the extra $20 or so a month they'll need to shell out—and schemes like drilling into fuel tanks emerge—let the rush on small cars...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Japanese Earthquake Halts Production Of Some Small Cars, Popular Hybrids For U.S. Market

While the world watches unfolding events surrounding rescue and recovery operations in Japan following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami March 11, we here at Family Car Guide encourage everyone to donate to the Japanese disaster relief efforts by the American Red Cross via the...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius: Is It Safe?

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked about any vehicle concerns the Toyota Prius: “Is it safe?” Those asking are referring to the acceleration issue that Toyota mishandled last year. It gave the best-selling Prius hybrid an enormous amount of negative publicity. Even the...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Toyota, Lexus Big Winners In Intellichoice 2011 Best Overall Value Of The Year Awards

Intellichoice, part of the Motor Trend Market Group, recently announced its 2011 Best Overall Value of the Year Awards. Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus dominate the list with 11 wins (seven for Toyota and four for Lexus) in 21 categories. Why is it important to look at overall value when shopping...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010
Survey: Shoppers Very Confused About Hybrids, Plug-Ins, And EVs

Combined, hybrids, plug-in electrics, and electric vehicles still only account for a very small percentage of the car market. And outside of the iconic Prius—which Toyota is now developing into a separate green brand with at least two models—there aren't any big hybrid sales successes...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius V
Toyota Prius Hybrid Wagon Coming Soon to U.S. Market

While it may be remarkably similar to the Prius V concept vehicle shown at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January, the production version of the new Toyota Prius hybrid wagon – as yet unnamed – will be heading to the U.S. sometime after the model launches in...Read More»

See More Than One Prius? Call Them Prii

A bit of lighthearted news comes to us direct from the Chicago Auto Show, where Toyota made the announcement on February 21 of the official plural for Prius. The decision is the result of more than 1.8 million votes cast by the general public during a six-week campaign. Toyota began the voting...Read More»

Zipcar's Scott Griffith and Toyota's Frank Miller with a Toyota Prius PHV
Want To Test Drive A Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid? Zip Over To Zipcar

If you follow car news, you already know that automakers around the globe are preparing to launch an array of plug-in vehicles, from hybrids to full EVs. But while many of those models have already begun creeping toward showrooms, there's one notable absence: the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. As our...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Most Searched Hybrid Vehicles On Kelly Blue Book

Kelly Blue Book (KBB.com) recorded over 30 million pricing reports last month on both new and used cars, trucks, and SUVs. With so many searches, it soon becomes apparent which vehicles have captured the interest of the majority of car buyers. It’s particularly useful when KBB breaks their...Read More»

Public Charging Station for electric cars, courtesy Mitsubishi Motors
Driving Green in California Costs Consumers More -- in Electricity Bills

A new Purdue University study shows that if California consumers don't look into alternative electricity-rate programs, the state’s tiered electricity pricing system could mean owners will pay some of the highest rates in the country to recharge their green cars. The report comes just one...Read More»

The plural of Prius Facebook campaign from Toyota
Facebook Or Face-To-Face: How Do You Learn About New Cars?

An article came across the news feeds yesterday suggesting that manufacturers of green cars rely more heavily on social media than other automakers. Eh, we're not so sure. It's true that different markets need to be reached in different ways. Pickup truck buyers, for example, have traditionally...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Obama Signs 'Bell Bill' To Make Electric Cars Better Heard

Even a couple of years from now, we'll likely have hundreds of thousands more electric vehicles and hybrids on the road. And the concern, for pedestrians and especially the blind—along with bicyclists, joggers, and small children—is that EVs just don't rumble and buzz along the way that...Read More»

The 2010 Toyota Prius
Drivers Complain More Than 40,000 Times About Defects in 2010

Big recalls from Toyota weren't solely responsible, but they were a factor in the huge increase in vehicle defects reported to the federal government this year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received more than 40,000 complaints for vehicle defects so far this year...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt Z-Spec
Trending In Social Media This Week: GM Goes On Electric Hiring Spree, Hyundai And Toyota

Social Car News has partnered with real-time online buzz tracker OneRiot to bring you a weekly report on what's trending in the automotive social media world. Each week we monitor discussions across all platforms, including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, Digg, MySpace, and blogs, to bring...Read More»

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Today at High Gear Media: Big Recalls, Prius Plug-In Hybrid

If you recall the past decade, some of the most important car recalls have included fire, fire, and more fire. [TheCarConnection] You can add the 2010 Toyota Prius on the recall list service-action list once more, this time for cooling pump problems. [FamilyCarGuide] All that work on the Toyota...Read More»

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