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.
December 18, 2013 |
For the second consecutive year, the Toyota Prius liftback topped Consumer Reports' annual list of vehicles giving buyers the best bang for their automotive buck. The hulking Nissan Armada SUV won the prize for the worst value. Consumer Reports said the Prius - the best-selling vehicle in California - had the best combination of reliability, resale value, fuel economy and driving performance of the cars measured by the magazine. The five-year ownership cost of the hybrid amounts to 47 cents per mile.
November 5, 2013 |
Toyota Motor Corp. revealed a sneak peak of its FCV Concept hydrogen fuel cell vehicle Tuesday, an early version of the car it thinks will popularize fuel cell autos just as the Prius made hybrids mainstream. “It is a very intriguing proposition for us,” said Bill Fay, general manager of Toyota's U.S. sales arm. “We think it could be the best zero emissions solution that hits the market.” The four-seater, which looks like a futuristic and aggressive Prius, is expected to go on sale sometime in 2015. There's no word on what the price might be. Although there is a dearth of hydrogen stations -- just a handful in California and some in pockets on the East Coast -- there are plans to build more as automakers start to sell fuel cell cars.
October 28, 2013 |
The dominance of Japanese automakers in Consumer Reports' auto reliability ratings is starting to fade, with two European automakers and one U.S. brand placing in the top 10 this year. Lexus, Toyota Motor Corp.'s luxury division, scored the top spot this year, followed by Toyota and Acura. Audi, the luxury division of Volkswagen, came in fourth, followed by Mazda, Infiniti, Volvo, Honda and then the sole U.S. brand, the GMC truck division of General Motors Co. Subaru placed 10th.
October 28, 2013 |
Consumer Reports dumped some its favorite vehicles -- Toyota's Camry, RAV4 and Prius V -- from its list of recommended cars Monday because the vehicles scored poorly in an insurance industry crash test. The influential magazine said it looked at the results of what is known as the small overlap crash test in making the decision to revoke its endorsement for the vehicles. The Camry is the bestselling passenger car in the United States, and the RAV4 is one of the most popular compact sport utilities.
October 23, 2013 |
It's a white-out on the highway. Car paint company PPG Industries says white continues to be the most popular auto color globally and is increasing its lead. The share of white cars built during the 2013 model year rose to 25% from 22% in the prior year. Silver and black tied for second at 18%. They were followed by gray, red, natural hues, blue and green. PHOTOS: Cheapest cars with best gas mileage White also remains the most popular color in North America, accounting for 21% of the cars built in the region in the past year, the same as last year.