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2021 Toyota RAV4 Will Offer Plug-In Option

Toyota has released the first image of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid. The image accompanied an announcement confirming Toyota will reveal the 2021 RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.  No details surrounding the plug-in hybrid model have been released thus far. RAV4 buyers already have a hybrid option, which includes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that supplements power…

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Second-Generation Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ Confirmed

There's been a lot of recent speculation surrounding the future of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ sports coupes, but speculate no more. As part of a broadening of Toyota and Subaru's existing alliance, the two automakers have confirmed they are indeed working on the next-generation 86 and BRZ.  Toyota and Subaru are actually deepening their alliance, including having Toyota…

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Toyota Wants Next 86 To Be Better Than Supra

Currently the BMW derived Toyota Supra is slotted above the Toyota 86 in the Toyota sports car hierarchy, but that could change. A new rumor suggest the powers that be at Toyota aspire to slot the next-generation Toyota 86 above the Supra.  "We have to make a new 86 that surpasses the Supra. This is what the customer expects," stated chief…

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Toyota, Suzuki Announce Alliance

Alliances between automakers is clearly en vogue now. The latest pairing includes Toyota and Suzuki, who have announced a capital alliance that will allow them to share certain technologies and components going forward.  The deal calls for Toyota $910 million to acquire a 4.94-percent stake in Suzuki. Subsequently, Suzuki will spend $452 million to snag about .2-percent of Toyota's shares.…

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Lexus' First EV to be Previewed in Tokyo

Lexus is expected to preview the brand's first production battery-electric vehicle at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. The preview is expected to be in the form of an urban hatchback concept, though this concept is expected to be mostly production-ready.  Thus far Lexus parent Toyota has been slow to roll out pure electric vehicles. Their slowness is going to have…

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Multiple Automakers Join Toyota's Self-Driving Venture

Five Japanese automakers have announced plans to join a self-driving car venture setup between Toyota Motor Corporation and SoftBank. The added investments broaden the backing of the all-Japanese effort to develop self-driving vehicles.  Mazda Motor Corp, Suzuki Motor Corp, Subaru Corp, Isuzu Motors and Toyota unit Daihatsu will each take a stake of a few percent in the venture, reports Reuters.…

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Toyota Accelerating Solid-State Battery Plans

Last week Toyota announced additional details of its electrification strategy, including the acceleration of several previously announced plans. One such acceleration is the development of solid-state batteries for its electric vehicles.  Toyota R&D chief Shigeki Terashi confirmed the company is aiming to reveal a vehicle utilizing a solid-state battery by the end of 2020. Previously, Toyota provided guidance that it…

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2020 Lexus RX Gets Refreshed, New Tech

The best-selling luxury SUV on the market is getting a revised appearance for the 2020 model year. Lexus has released images and information on the 2020 RX, confirming updates designed to retain its top-seller status.  Typical of automotive refreshes, this one is sticking to modifications of the plastic exterior bits. At first glance it is obvious the RX has a…

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