February 12, 2014 |
Toyota Motor Corp. launched a massive global recall of its popular Prius hybrid to fix a software glitch that could cause the car to stall, an aggressive reaction to counter past criticism of its slow response to defects, experts said. The Japanese automaker also said it would recall about 260,000 RAV4 sport utility vehicles, Tacoma trucks and Lexus RX350 SUVs sold in the United States to address a separate issue. The recall of the Prius, one of America's best-selling passenger cars and the top-selling vehicle in California, covers 1.9 million hybrids from the 2010 through 2014 model years.
July 26, 2008 |
Toyota is raising the U.S. price of its Prius hybrid by $500 for the 2009 model. Toyota Motor Corp.'s U.S. sales unit said the suggested retail price for a Prius will rise 2.2%. Base prices will range from $22,000 for the standard Prius to $24,270 for a touring model. The Japanese carmaker also announced new prices for a dozen other Toyota and Scion models, with an average increase of $181. Lexus, Toyota's luxury brand, announced higher prices for four vehicles as well.
September 24, 2005
Re "Sticker shock," editorial, Sept. 17 I'm not used to blasphemy on The Times' editorial pages, but there it was Saturday. Yes, we Prius owners tend to wax on with unsolicited self-righteous orations about all the benefits of driving a hybrid. Our family is probably worse than most because we have two Priuses (Prei?) and a Honda Civic hybrid. I enjoyed reading The Times editorial, right up to the last sentence. Just a car? How can your editorial page ignore the heritage that made us the gridlocked, smog-choked slice of heaven that we are today?
April 17, 2013 |
Since introducing the first Prius in Japan back in 1997, Toyota Motor Corp. has sold 5 million hybrids worldwide, including 2 million in the U.S., the automaker said Wednesday. Toyota said the owners of its hybrids have saved more than 3 billion gallons of gasoline compared with vehicles powered by gasoline only. According to Department of Energy estimates, the hybrid vehicles on the road today save nearly 500 million gallons of petroleum annually in the U.S. "Toyota not only created the hybrid segment, they have consistently dominated it since launching the Prius in the U.S. back in 2000," said Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book.
April 19, 2013 |
Toyota's announcement Friday that it will start building the Lexus ES 350 at a factory in Georgetown, Ky., is part of a larger policy of moving production of cars to the markets where they are sold that could result in the automaker's Prius hybrid being built in the U.S. In an interview with The Times, Toyota's North American CEO Jim Lentz said the Prius would be the only major gap in Toyota's North American production once the Lexus assembly line...
June 22, 2011 |
Toyota Motor Corp. will roll out the hybrid Prius' big brother this fall in the U.S. market. The Prius v is targeted at young families, with the "v" representing the versatility of increased interior room and cargo space. The Japanese automaker hopes to begin selling the vehicle in the U.S. in October, said Ed La Rocque, Toyota's U.S. marketing manager for advanced technology vehicles. Toyota will offer a plug-in version of the current Prius model in the first quarter of next year and a smaller version dubbed the Prius c in the first half, making the U.S. market the only one in the world with four Prius models.