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February 4, 2010 | By Ralph Vartabedian
In another serious blow to Toyota, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday morning that is opening a formal defect investigation of the 2010 Toyota Prius, examining allegations that the hybrid vehicle momentarily loses braking when it goes over uneven roads or hits potholes. The investigation, launched after the agency had received 124 reports from consumers, is another blow to Toyota's eroding reputation for quality and safety. It comes after the company was forced late last month to suspend sales and production of its most popular vehicles because of defects that could cause sudden acceleration.
February 9, 2010 | By Jim Puzzanghera
Reacting to Toyota Motor Corp.'s decision to recall 2010 Prius and Lexus hybrids, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday advised owners of the affected vehicles to contact a dealer immediately if they noticed a change in the performance of their brakes. "Loss of braking is most likely to occur when traveling over an uneven road surface, pothole or bump," the agency said in a statement. "If this occurs, the agency advises owners to continue to firmly press on the brake to stop the vehicle.
November 15, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
As Ford took aim at the Toyota Prius, a brand now synonymous with green motoring, it needed a car that looked the part. So rather than convert an existing model, it imported a dowdy hatchback from Europe - tall greenhouse, short hood - and dropped in a hybrid power plant, resulting in the 2013 C-Max. Thankfully, it doesn't drive the way it looks. Pushed from a dead stop, the five-door Ford eagerly chirps its tires as it launches on a zero-to-60-mph run of just 8.2 seconds, according to Motor Trend.
June 10, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Once a rarity in the showroom, fuel-sipping hybrids are becoming an increasingly common option at dealerships. Need a big luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles that still gets 29 miles to the gallon in everyday driving? Check out the Buick LaCrosse with the eAssist mileage boosting system. How about a station wagon you can pack with children and groceries and still get 42 mpg? The Prius v fits the bill. Looking for something with high style? Wait for the upcoming edition of the Ford Fusion hybrid that's expected to hit 47 mpg. All these new hybrids are a welcome option for consumers who face high gas prices.
October 28, 2009 | Martin Zimmerman
Asian automakers once again dominate the upper ranks of Consumer Reports' annual vehicle-reliability survey, although Ford Motor Co. is making strides in improving the dependability of its cars and light trucks. Ford's sustained production of vehicles that are as dependable as -- or better than -- some of the industry's best models dispels the notion that only Japanese manufacturers make reliable cars, the consumer magazine reported Tuesday. The four-cylinder Ford Fusion and its cousin, the Mercury Milan, ranked higher in predicted reliability than any family sedan in the CR survey save the Toyota Prius.
March 27, 2009 | DAN NEIL
A calculator can be the plaything of the damned. Allow me to demonstrate. Of the 12 million barrels of oil we import daily, the 6 million barrels we get from OPEC members are the most geopolitically dubious. That oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is refined into about 83 million gallons, or roughly one-fifth of our daily gas consumption of 390 million gallons, according to the Energy Information Administration.
December 23, 2009
Floor mat issue Toyota says it is recalling the following vehicles and model years to address the risk of floor mats trapping the gas pedal: Toyota Camry: 2007-10 Toyota Prius: 2004-09 Toyota Avalon: 2005-10 Toyota Tacoma: 2005-10 Toyota Tundra: 2007-10 Lexus ES 350: 2006-10 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350: 2006-10.
August 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
A top Honda Motor Co. executive said the company's new gas-electric hybrid would be priced lower than the Toyota Prius, its prime competitor. The new five-door car will be available only with a hybrid powertrain. It will be smaller than Honda's Civic and also will be priced less than a hybrid gas-electric version of the Civic, said Richard Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. The Civic hybrid starts at $22,600. The Prius has a base price of $21,500.
August 2, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 30-year-old Laguna Niguel man was killed late Sunday when the car in which he was riding with an allegedly drunk driver hit an oncoming car, officials said Monday. Police did not release the man's name but said they were considering criminal charges against the driver, Mary Werner, 24, of Monrovia, who was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo with broken ribs and punctured lungs. Officials said Werner was driving north on Laguna Canyon Road about 10 p.m. Sunday when she drifted into southbound lanes and struck a 2004 Toyota Prius.
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