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Toyota Creates Rapid Response System (For Public Relations, Anyway)
Toyota Creates Rapid Response System (For Public Relations, Anyway)

For the first few months of the Great Recall Fiasco, Toyota took it on the chin. The company was slow to respond to criticism from consumers, regulators, and the press, and when Toyota did speak, it did so politely and demurely, apparently willing to shoulder the blame alone. Said Akio Toyoda, "As...Read More»

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Toyota Will Renew Incentives Through April, As Sales Soar

Thanks to the strong incentives offered over the past month, Toyota sales have recovered nicely despite multiple recalls and highly publicized federal investigations. But it looks like the automaker isn't going to ease off them quite yet. The original March Sales Event incentives, slated to expire...Read More»

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Toyota Offers Zero-Percent And Free Maintenance To Some Buyers

Toyota (NYSE: TM) rolled out an all-new incentive program aimed at jump-starting sales that have slumped due to bruised consumer confidence from the ongoing accelerator-related recalls, the related hearings in Washington D.C., and several other issues and recalls. The automaker calls the new...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Frugal Shopper: For Happiness, Don't Sweat The Numbers

Consumer Reports, as part of this week's torrent of announcements from its Annual Auto Issue, named the 2010 Honda Fit and 2010 Toyota Prius the best new-car values of the year. While it so happens we like both of those models very much (and appreciate the Prius' 51-mpg rating), they definitely...Read More»

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Consumer Reports' 2010 Top Picks...And How TCC Rates Them

Consumer Reports, the widely respected magazine from the non-profit Consumers Union, has published their annual list of Top Picks, and although Toyota might be maligned in the press due to the current accelerator-related recall hearings, the automaker still has two vehicles (including one Lexus) on...Read More»

2010 Toyota Sequoia
Toyota-Hired Firm Finds No Problem With Electronic Throttle

A Toyota-funded test of vehicles has failed to find issue with the automaker's electronic throttle system, which some safety advocates have accused of being linked to widespread reports of unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Back in September, Toyota recalled 3.8 million Toyota...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Piling On: Problems With Prius Brakes Are Toyota's Latest Worry

When it rains, it pours. And Toyota may find itself swimming a lot faster if new allegations of safety problems prove to be true. In Japan this morning, the Ministry of Transportation ordered the company to investigate complaints into brake problems in its new 2010 Toyota Prius. More than 100 U.S...Read More»

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Toyota Dealership Goes Green—With More Than Prius And Recycling

Whether you're among the most eco-savvy customers considering the 2010 Toyota Prius or just a smart shopper who'd prefer to buy green, it's likely you haven't thought about this one: Just how green is the dealership itself? An Oregon new-car dealership—one that sells the Prius, of course—is...Read More»

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How To Shop for Winter Tires

Sliding around a little too much this winter? Investing in some good winter tires might seem like a pricey proposition, but it could pay off. Winter tires are usually more expensive than all-season radials, but since you'll only be using your winter treads for a few months a year, they'll last...Read More»

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New Opel Meriva, Toyota Prius Tuning: Today’s Car News

General Motors’ European division Opel has taken the wraps off a new compact MPV complete with suicide style rear-hinged doors. The new car is the Opel Meriva and though it was originally hoped that it could be sold in the U.S. as a Saturn, the chances of it ever appearing on this side of the...Read More»

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2009's Best Green Posts: Urine! Muslims & Ethanol! Prius Perks!

G'wan, admit it. We say, "green car". You think, "Ugh, Toyota Prius," and look away. Oh, but there's so much more! And so much of it is just so darn ... weird. Consider, for example, the 10 most popular posts last year on our sister site GreenCarReports.com. The list includes a piece entitled...Read More»

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The Rising And Falling Stars Of The Decade: A Quick Look

Just like the trucker hat jammed in the corner of your closet (let's hope), vehicles come and go with the tides of time, and what was hot just a few years ago might be an unremarkable ride today. Such is the case with the Chrysler PT Cruiser, which was an overwhelming sales success early in the...Read More»

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Back To The Drawing Board: Honda Revamps Insight Campaign

Not so long ago, Honda was cranking out press release after press release, talking up the 2010 Honda Insight and predicting that it would trample the revamped 2010 Toyota Prius. The Insight was priced aggressively (starting at just under $20,000), and based on booming demand in other parts of the...Read More»

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Preview: Cars Of The Future, Coming Sooner Than You Think

Grab any science magazine from the last century, and you'll see ideas and sketches for cars of the future, from atomic-powered to levitating. But the future is here already, and it's going on sale at a showroom near you over the next three model years. Here's our roundup of the most significant new...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid To Go On Sale in 2011

Toyota has been a late and cautious entrant into the field of plug-in vehicles, gradually rolling out a small fleet of Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid versions of the third-generation Prius. But for the first time, the company has announced that it will put the car on sale to regular consumers. The...Read More»

The 2010 Toyota Prius
Kelley Names Toyota, Lexus Best Brands For Resale Value

Residual value is a common concern of car buyers, especially during tough times like these. Accordingly, shoppers might be interested to know that Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com® 2010 Residual Value Study has given the Toyota brand its Best Resale Value Award. (Curiously, this is the first time that...Read More»

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Consumer Reports' Annual Auto Survey Sees Gains For Detroit

A couple of weeks ago, Nelson Ireson reported on Consumer Reports' latest Reliability Survey, which put Ford and Lincoln at the head of the reliability pack. Now Consumer Reports has more good news for Big Three automakers thanks to its new Auto Survey, which places several American autos on the...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Green-Car Disconnect: Unrealistic Expectations, Tight Wallets

If you've been following news about the latest green cars—either here at TheCarConnection.com or at our companion site http://www.greencarreports.com/—you're likely aware that the technology doesn't come cheap. Plug-in electric vehicles, EVs, and even clean-diesel vehicles are all likely to...Read More»

2010 Ford Flex
Lincoln MKS, Ford Flex Are Tops In Nav-System Satisfaction

Happy with your nav system? So are a lot of Lincoln MKS and Ford Flex owners. The Clarion-supplied navigation systems in those vehicles have the most satisfied customers. Also ranking high are the systems in the Acura TL (Pioneer), Ford F-150 (Clarion), and Porsche 911 (Harman/Becker). Toyota's...Read More»