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Oct 29, 2012
Dave Walter
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2013 Toyota Prius Gets Pricing and Special Edition

Once a leader without equal, the Toyota Prius is facing more and more competition from other hybrids and electrics, which have passed it by in terms of fuel economy. For the 2013 model year, Toyota is hoping to sway at least a few buyers with what it calls the Persona Series Special Edition.

The Persona Series is based on the Prius Three trim level. Its mechanicals remain the same as the stock Prius, but it enjoys a series of interior and exterior upgrades.

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Jun 1, 2012
Chris Salamone

Consumer Reports Cuts Prius C (Video)

Just days ago, Consumer Reports posted a review on YouTube of Toyota’s 2013 Prius C. Back in March the all-knowing product evaluation company completed a First Drive analysis which left viewers with a hint of foreboding – the final Consumer Reports review might be less than stellar. And so, test day has come and gone, revealing that the 2013 Toyota Prius C hybrid falls short of a coveted ‘Recommended’ rating.

Using heavy descriptors like lackluster, small, dead, noisy, underpowered, Mike Quincy, an Auto Specialist for Consumer Reports, brought the thunder in the company’s most recent review – even suggesting that buyers consider pre-owned (normal) Prius models over the more compact Prius C.

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Feb 9, 2012
Chris Salamone

Prius Plug-In Posts Potent MPGe

Since Toyota Motor Corp. announced plans to develop a Prius Plug-In Hybrid, industry analysts have speculated time and time again how the company’s top gun hybrid would perform with a plug-in system – especially relative to other electric-trend automakers General Motors and Nissan. To appease the media community, Toyota released an initial MPGe estimate back in September of 2011 which projected an average of 49 mpg during hybrid mode and, more importantly, 87 MPGe with frequent battery charging.

At first blush industry competitors might have looked down on 87 MPGe. The Nissan Leaf is currently rated at 99 MPGe, without using an ounce of gasoline. And even the Chevy Volt, an American whale by comparison, delivers a strong showing at 94 MPGe. But unlike other automakers, Toyota chose to remain modest about the Prius Plug-In’s potential.

The company now expects the rechargeable Prius to be capable of at least 95 MPGe, which effectively attaches a sinking anchor onto the pricey, less-efficient Volt and Nissan’s range anxiety-inducing Leaf.

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Dec 28, 2011
Chris Weiss

Toyota Teases New Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Toyota will debut a new plug-in hybrid concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show next month. The automaker has released a teaser picture of what it calls the NS4.

Toyota has given absolutely no information on the design of the concept. The press release accompanying the teaser photo is but one paragraph and describes the NS4 as an “advanced plug-in hybrid concept.”

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Nov 21, 2011
Chris Weiss

41 MPG Toyota Camry Hybrid Hits US Dealerships

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Last generation parallel hybrids may be somewhat passé in terms of green technology and brow-raising fuel economy numbers, but they still offer some of the best efficiency at the lowest prices. Take the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid, which began rolling into dealers this week. The car gets a combined 41 mpg and starts under $26,000.

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