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2016 Toyota Prius to inherit hybrid technology from Le Mans racecars - report

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius will feature technology currently being honed in the brand’s endurance racecars. Toyota Motorsport GmbH president Yoshiaki Kinoshita told Automotive News the new Prius – due next year – will be equipped with technology from its TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer. “Our components already have parts from the next-generation Prius,” Kinoshita revealed...

Toyota sells seven millionth hybrid vehicle in September

Toyota sold its seven millionth hybrid vehicle in September, just nine months after it crossed the six million mark. These numbers include hybrid vehicles sold under the company's luxury marque, Lexus, which has contributed 770,400 electrified cars to the company's total...

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid sets new Nurburgring lap record

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid has set a new record at the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Unlike every other brand which touts its cars' lap times around the 'Ring, Toyota claims the plug-in hybrid Prius set a new benchmark for fuel consumption, stating the car used an average of just 0...

Fourth-generation Toyota Prius to offer AWD, lithium-ion battery options - report

The next generation Toyota Prius will be offered in both front- and all-wheel drive versions, and there will be a choice between nickel metal hydride and lithium-ion batteries. Koei Saga, director in charge of drivetrains at Toyota, spoke to Automotive News last week about the new Prius...

2016 Toyota Prius production delayed - report

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius has reportedly been delayed by at least six months as the car’s engineers continue work on its new hybrid powertrain and modular architecture. Industry journal Automotive News reports production of the new Prius (codenamed 690A) has been pushed back to December 2015, with the ‘confirmation vehicle’ – a prototype generally built 12 months before the start of full-scale production – scheduled for around November 2014...

Toyota aiming to improve hybrid efficiency by 10 per cent with new semiconductors

Toyota hopes to increase fuel economy by 10 per cent with its next generation of hybrid power units. The company, in conjunction with supplier Denso, is currently developing a new power control unit that replaces silicon semiconductors with silicon carbide (SiC) versions...

Toyota Prius recall: 1.9 million hybrids affected

Just shy of two million Toyota Prius models have been recalled globally in what is the biggest-ever recall of the current-generation hybrid car. Relating to a fault with the Prius’ engine control units (ECU), Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announced the worldwide recall, which includes 5500 locally delivered models...

Toyota Prius won't play in hydrogen versus electric car wars, says chief engineer

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) deputy chief officer of product planning Satoshi Ogiso has revealed the Toyota Prius will likely be retained as a hybrid into the next decade, with hydrogen and electric cars set to trump it as new-technology leaders utilising different names...

Toyota Prius engineer inspired by 86; fun-to-drive new model promised

The godfather of the Toyota Prius says he will improve the efficiency of the next-generation hybrid while making the new model fun to drive. Toyota deputy chief officer of product planning and chassis engineering managing officer Satoshi Ogiso says the fourth-generation Prius will need to balance heightened fuel economy with the enhanced dynamics demanded by Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda...

Toyota Prius sales pass 3 million mark

Toyota Motor Corporation is celebrating another milestone with global sales of the Toyota Prius surpassing the 3 million-vehicle mark almost 16 years after the model first launched. Spread across the expanded Toyota Prius range, inclusive of the Pruis C city car and Prius V people mover, the Japanese manufacturer announced that 3...

Toyota brake system recall affects 242,000 cars globally, 1652 in Oz

A brake system recall affecting almost a quarter of million Toyota and Lexus hybrids globally will force more than 1600 Toyota Prius owners in Australia to take their vehicles back to the dealership. The global recall affects 242,000 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS250h vehicles, including 117,000 vehicles in Japan, 86,500 in the US and approximately 30,000 in Europe...