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Eight States to Begin Major EV Push

2013 Nissan Leaf 2014 Nissan Leaf It may soon be a lot easier and cheaper to buy and own an electric vehicle. Eight governors signed a cooperative agreement Thursday to boost sales of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), including electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Their plan, which will be developed over the next six months, is expected to drastically increase the number of charging stations and offer new financial incentives for car buyers. The governors’ goal is to start increasing sales now and eventually ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Nissan LEAF, plug in hybrids, Electric Vehicles, Hydrogen Vehicle

Spiders Force Toyota to Recall More Than 800,000 Cars

2013 Toyota Camry 2014 Toyota Camry Toyota announced on Thursday that it will recall about 803,000 U.S. cars due to a potential short-circuit hazard. Model year 2012-2013 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza models are affected. The problem is caused by a chain reaction that starts with the air conditioner condenser, which produces water condensation during normal operation. Typically, this water is collected in the air conditioner housing and drained by a tube. However, according to a document Toyota filed with the ... continue reading»

Tags: NHTSA, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Camry, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota, Model News, Recall, Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Venza, Airbag, Spider, Short Circuit

Toyota Drops Price of Prius Plug-in to Less Than $30,000

2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Faced with slow sales and falling gas prices, Toyota announced Wednesday that it is dropping the base price of the 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid by $2,010 to $29,990, which does not include destination fees. The price of the top-of-the-line Advanced model sees a $4,620 drop to $34,905. “Toyota is the latest manufacturer to slash pricing on a plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle,” says Alex Gutierrez, senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book, “a clear indication pricing ... continue reading»

Tags: Model News, plug in hybrid, 2014 Toyota Prius Plug in, Electric Vehicles, Price Drop

2014 Corolla Latest Toyota to Earn Low Rating in Difficult New Crash Test

2014 Toyota Corolla The 2014 Toyota Corolla has earned a “Marginal” rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) small overlap front crash test, bringing to four the number of models that have fared poorly on the difficult new test. The 2013 RAV4, 2013 Prius v and 2013 Camry earned “Poor” ratings. According to the IIHS, the test “is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, Crash Tests, IIHS, Toyota, Model News, Small Overlap Front Crash Test, 2014 Toyota Corolla

Toyota Recalls 615,000 Sienna Minivans

Toyota Sienna Toyota is recalling approximately 615,000 Sienna minivans in the United States to fix an issue with the gearshift selector that could allow the vehicle to roll away. The company says that the affected vehicles, from model years 2004-2005 and 2007-2009, have a defect which could allow someone to move the gearshift selector out of the “Park” position without pressing the brake pedal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says, “If the shift lever is moved out of the Park ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Toyota Sienna, Toyota, Model News

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