Next Toyota Prius To Get New Battery And Engine Tech

The new Toyota Prius will be getting a new battery pack and a more efficient gasoline engine, but it doesn’t look like production will be coming to America.

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Next Toyota Prius Aiming For 55 MPG

For more than ten years the Toyota Prius has been the overwhelming champion of fuel-efficient cars, with no competitors coming even close to its 50 mpg combined mileage. But the competition among fuel-efficient cars has grown exponentially in the past few years, and in order to stay on top Toyota needs to deliver more efficiency for less money, with a goal of 55 mpg.

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Toyota Prius Production Finally Coming To America?

Though the Toyota Prius may not be the sexiest green car, and it certainly isn’t the fastest, it is by far the most popular and best-known hybrid in the world. For years now, Toyota has been hinting that production of the Prius could move to America, where manufacturing costs are cheaper. Top executives are now hinting that Prius production will move to the places where they are “popular”; is an American-made Prius coming soon?

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Toyota Develops A Sporty Version of Prius C

In Japan, Toyota’s Prius C, which is the subcompact version of the Prius, is called the Aqua. Toyota has developed a more aesthetically sporty conceptual version of it called the Aqua G, with more aggressive styling, an adjusted suspension, and some other things that make it more appealing to young people.

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LA Auto Show: The Green Car Of The Year Is The 2013 Ford Fusion

Nope, it’s not the Tesla Model S, lauded as CAR of the year (not just green) by everyone from Motor Trend to…many more. The award for Green Car of the Year came with a few caveats-primarily sales volume. Green Car Journal Editor Ron Cogan was adamant that this award be given to the car likely to get the most wheels to the ground. Sales volume matters a lot when determining which car will have the most significant impact in reducing CO2.

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Next Toyota Prius May Get All-Wheel Drive, Bold Look

The Toyota Prius remains the best-selling hybrid by a wide margin. Yet despite its once-lofty lead in the battle of mpgs, automakers like Ford have narrowed the gap substantially. So it is good to hear that Toyota is planning some drastic changes for the next Prius, including all-wheel drive, more mpgs, and a drastic design change.

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Toyota Prius May Get Drastic Design Changes

While the Toyota Prius hybrid is by far the most popular and fuel efficient car for sale in the U.S., you won’t find many people who buy it because of the way it looks. But it seems that the powers-that-be are considering ditching the Prii and its practical wedge-shaped design for something more aesthetically pleasing.

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Video: NASCAR Teams Trick Out Toyota Prius

When NASCAR allowed Toyota to enter the hallowed halls of oval track racing, many fans cried foul. Well all that whining and crying amounted to a whole lotta nothing, and now Toyota is a fierce competitor in the NASCAR racing series.

In an effort to drum up publicity and money for a charity cause, Toyota’s NASCAR star Clint Bowyer and RKM Performance are tricking out a Prius hybrid. Yup, a NASCAR Prius. Maybe the Mayans were right?

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