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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

Chevrolet Starts Delivering 2014 Corvette

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Chevrolet began shipping the 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe to dealers last week. According to General Motors, Chevy has produced about 1,000 Corvettes so far at its plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and expects most of them to arrive at dealerships in the next few weeks. However, those itching to snatch up the $51,995 coupe may have to wait longer than that. The Detroit Free Press reports that some dealers will receive only one Corvette at first. Other dealers ... continue reading»

Tags: Chevrolet, Model News, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, C7

Diesel Mazda6 Won't Come to U.S. Until Next Year

2014 Mazda Mazda6 Mazda’s diesel Mazda6 sedan, which the company originally planned to introduce to the American market this year, won’t be coming to the U.S. until April 2014, according to Automotive News. When released, the car will be the first in the U.S. to feature Mazda’s Skyactiv-D diesel engine. In a statement quoted in USA Today, Mazda said “The on-sale date for Mazda6 Skyactiv-D clean-diesel has been moved to late-spring 2014, to accommodate final emissions testing and ... continue reading»

Tags: Mazda, Model News, Fuel Economy, diesel, Mazda6

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