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Toyota Prius line may not reach 2013 sales target

Toyota Prius line may not reach 2013 sales target

April 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Hybrid , Hatchback , Toyota 2012 was a good year for the Toyota Prius line, the hybrid that started it all moving 236,659 units, being the best-selling model in California for the year and the Prius C (pictured) being deemed the most reliable car of 2012 by Consumer Reports . Then 2013 happened, and gas prices dropped more than expected, and people haven’t been buying the little hybrids like they used to. A report in Bloomberg says Toyota set 250,000 units as the Prius family’s sales target for this year, but hits like the double-digit drop in year-on-year performance in February have helped lower 2013 sales by 8.4 percent compared to 2012, making the objective “a challenge” to reach. The declines in Prius sales come even as hybrid sales overall were up in the first couple of months this year, including sales of other Toyota and Lexus hybrids. Jim Lentz, Toyota’s North American chief, said the Prius target would be adjusted if necessary. Toyota Prius line may not reach 2013 sales target originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Sunny, Clear Skies, and a 100 Percent Chance of Being Green – Toyota Mississippi ‘Turns on the Power’ at Earth Day Celebration

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Rutledge Wood wins Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach

Rutledge Wood wins Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach

April 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Scion , Toyota , Celebrities Rutledge Wood took home the checkered flag at this year’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity race at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Top Gear USA presenter, Fox Sports commentator and Honda Wagovan owner managed to take pole position in qualifying, but lost his lead early in the race to Mark Steines. Steines has competed in the Pro/Celebrity race four times so far, but the Hallmark channel host of Home and Family couldn’t quite hold on to the lead. Wood eventually made up the ground he had lost for the win. This year, all the participants went fender to fender in identically prepared Scion FR-S racers. Meanwhile, Adam Carolla took first in the Pro category, and Toyota donated $5,000 on behalf of each participant to Racing for Kids. The charity benefits children’s hospitals in the Long Beach area, and this year Toyota donated a total of $90,000. Check out the full press release below for more information. Continue reading Rutledge Wood wins Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach Rutledge Wood wins Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 21 Apr 2013 11:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Vehicles for the Front Passenger Airbag

April 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., April 11, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it will conduct a safety recall involving approximately 170,000 front passenger airbag inflators installed in several vehicle models.

The History of Lexus

April 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota to Build Lexus ES 350 at Its Georgetown, Kentucky Plant

April 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Erlanger, KY, April 19, 2013 – For the first time, a Lexus vehicle will be produced in the United States. The Lexus ES 350 will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) in 2015, Toyota announced today.

Lexus Celebrates the International Design Community with ‘DESIGN MATTERS’ Event in New York City

April 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW YORK (April 19, 2013)—In its ongoing pursuit of innovation, Lexus is pushing the boundaries of technology, craftsmanship and design. This dedication to design was celebrated at an event hosted by global President Akio Toyoda in New York City. The event, called “Design Matters,” showcased Lexus’ commitment to design, both in its new products and in its global brand activities to an audience of established and aspiring members of the design community. Kristin Chenoweth served as mistress of ceremonies with The Roots and Questlove providing musical entertainment.

Toyota Matrix not long for this world?

Toyota Matrix not long for this world?

April 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hatchback , Toyota According to a report from AutoGuide , Toyota doesn’t have plans to replace the aging Matrix hatchback in the United States after this year. If true, the timing coincides with the replacement for the Corolla , on which the Matrix is based, with that car slated to get its first complete redesign since 2006 (2008 in the US market). We’d love to tell you how many Matrix models were sold by Toyota in the United States last year, but the automaker chooses to bundle Matrix sales with Corolla sales, so we have no idea. That said, we have to assume sales of the hatchback don’t contribute much overall to the total number of Corolla-based machines. We’re also unsure if Toyota will choose to exit the youth-oriented compact hatchback market entirely , or if the automaker will rely instead on its hybrid Prius line and Scion models like the xB and xD . Toyota Matrix not long for this world? originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota teases 2014 4Runner, will debut on April 27

Toyota teases 2014 4Runner, will debut on April 27

April 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: SUV , Toyota The 2014 Toyota 4Runner appears to be getting a styling refresh that is as out of the ordinary for Toyota as the venue at which it will be debuting. Launching on April 27 at the 2013 Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, CA, the 2014 4Runner looks to be getting more of an in-your-face design. Toyota says this marks the first time it has ever revealed a new product at a music festival. While we only see two images of the updated 2014 4Runner, the new headlights break from the rectangular shape present on the current model for an edgy, scalloped shape. Below the headlights are vertical air inlets – looking quite similar to the 2014 Subaru Forester XT – but it isn’t clear if all models will get these or just special trim levels. The other image Toyota released was of the smoked, LED taillight. As the presenting sponsor of the music festival, Toyota will have legendary off-road driver Ivan “Ironman” Stewart at the show as well as an off-road driving course for people to drive the automaker’s trucks and SUVs. Scroll down for a press release giving some additional information about both the 2014 4Runner and the Stagecoach Music Festival. Continue reading Toyota teases 2014 4Runner, will debut on April 27 Toyota teases 2014 4Runner, will debut on April 27 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

2013 U.S. Lexus ES 350 Production Announcement – Akio Toyoda

April 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On April 19, 2013, Toyota’s global president and other senior executives announce that the Lexus ES 350 will be produced at its Georgetown, K.Y., plant.

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