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July 28, 2015

2016 Lexus CT 200h gets a few updates

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Lexus has revealed the updates to the 2016 CT 200h hybrid, with the biggest update being a new chrome surround grille, an optional moonroof, Lexus Enform Remote and Lexus Service Connect.

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Honda and Toyota finally embrace the turbo, Accord and Camry to get turbocharged

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For years several automakers have been swapping out their large displacement engines for smaller turbocharged engines, but Japan's Big 3 - Honda, Toyota and Nissan have largely stayed away turbos. Save for the fact that the first Acura RDX had a turbo and the Nissan Juke and GT-R models currently offer a turbo, you won't find any other turbos on their lots. That's about to change.

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July 25, 2015

2016 Lexus IS 200t officially replaces the slow IS 250

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Lexus has announced the updates to the 2016 IS, with the biggest update being the addition of the new IS 200t and IS 300 AWD, which replace the underpowered IS 250 and IS 250 AWD models.

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July 24, 2015

Next-Gen Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid to have 30-35 mile EV range

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One of the biggest criticisms of the current Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is the fact that it only has an all-electric driving range of 11 miles, which is much lower than the 38 miles that the current Chevy Volt can travel. Thankfully it's being reported that the next-generation Prius Plug-in Hybrid will have a longer range of 30-35 miles.

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July 22, 2015

Toyota will give you $7,500 to buy the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle

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The order portal for the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle has officially opened, which is expected to arrive this fall. Pricing for the Mirai starts at $57,500 plus the $835 destination fee, but Toyota has announced at least three different programs to help get drivers into its new fuel-cell vehicle.

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July 20, 2015

2016 Toyota Camry and Corolla Special Editions priced

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Toyota has announced the pricing for the 2016 Camry and Corolla Special Edition models, which both get a few sportier styling bits to make both sedans look a little more aggressive.

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July 17, 2015

2016 Scion tC gets some interior upgrades

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Scion is giving its best-selling model, the tC some updates for the 2016 model year. The 2016 tC is getting a new standard audio system, some upgraded interior features and a standard rear wiper.

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July 14, 2015

2016 Toyota Mirai orders kick off on July 20

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Toyota's Mirai fuel-cell vehicle is almost here and Toyota has announced that California customers will be able to order the Mirai starting on July 20.

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July 11, 2015

2016 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h get a refresh

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Back in April Lexus revealed the updated 2016 Lexus ES, but now Lexus has revealed the details about the U.S. models, which includes the ES 350 and ES 300h. The refreshed 2016 Lexus ES gets styling updates, new driver assist technologies and some upgrades to the interior.


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June 30, 2015

2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle can travel up to 312 miles

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Toyota has announced that the upcoming 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle will have a driving range of 312 miles on a single fill of hydrogen. The Mirai is also rated at an EPA estimated 67 miles MPGe.

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Lexus SC to return for 2017 model year

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A new report claims that the Lexus SC is going to be revived for the 2017 model year. The SC badge was last used in 2010 on the four-seat hardtop convertible.

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June 29, 2015

Next-gen Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ may borrow the Miata's chassis

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Toyota and Mazda continue to further their partnership, which is seen by the introduction of the new Scion iA, which is essentially a rebadged Mazda2. Now there's a new rumor that the partnership could involve Toyota borrowing another one of Mazda's models - the new MX-5 Miata. While the it's unlikely that Toyota would sell a rebadged Miata, there's a report that the roadster's chassis could be used for the next-gen Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ coupes.

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2016 Scion iA and iM pricing announced

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Scion has announced the pricing for the 2016 Scion iA sedan and 2016 Scion iM models, which are both going to go on sale in September. The Scion iA is priced at $16,495, while the iM starts at $19,255.

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June 28, 2015

Scion xB will disappear at the end of the year

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When Scion launched in the early 2000's, the xB was the most popular model in its lineup with its quirky boxy styling. By 2008 it turned into a more bloated looking box, which lost most of the quirkiness that made the original fun. Now seven years later, Scion has confirmed that the xB will end its run by the end of the year.

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June 1, 2015

2016 Lexus LX 570 facelift leaked

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The 2016 Lexus LX 570 is going to get a facelift and even though Lexus has yet to reveal it, a leaked photo is giving us an early look at the updated SUV.

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May 14, 2015

Mazda and Toyota confirm expanded partnership to share technologies

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As was reported earlier this week, Mazda and Toyota have announced plans to further expand their existing partnership that has already given birth to the Scion iA. The expansion will give both automakers access to each others technologies, but the announcement stopped short of revealing any specific details.

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May 12, 2015

2017 Scion FR-S to get updated styling and a little more power

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Toyota has been pretty vocal about the fact that sales of the Scion FR-S have dropped off since it was introduced back in 2012. Sales of the FR-S were actually down 29 percent in April compared to a year ago, so hopefully an upcoming refresh to to the 2017 FR-S will help keep it alive.

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May 11, 2015

Toyota CEO wishes Lexus introduced a three-row crossover instead of the RC Coupe

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Lexus has one major whole in its lineup - a three row crossover and apparently one Toyota exec is wishing that wasn't the case. Jim Lentz, Toyota's North American CEO recently revealed that he feels that it would have been a wiser choice for Lexus to have built a three-row crossover instead of the new RC coupe.

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May 10, 2015

Mazda may expand its partnership with Toyota to help it build a fuel-cell vehicle

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Currently Mazda and Toyota have a partnership that is giving birth to the Mazda 2 based Scion iA. Now it's being reported that Mazda and Toyota are currently discussing plans to expand their partnership, which would give Mazda access to Toyota's fuel-cell and plug-in hybrid technology.

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May 7, 2015

2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle arrives in October

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Toyota has announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle will officially arrive at select California dealerships this October. Plus leading up to the arrival, interested buyers can pre-order the Mirai starting this summer.

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April 30, 2015

2016 Scion FR-S gets and upgraded interior and starts at $25,305

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Scion has revealed the updates to the 2016 Scion FR-S, which gets some interior improvements, two new colors, a new standard audio system and a rear-view back up camera. The interior gets bright silver interior accents on the steering wheel bezel, shift bezel, door grip, and along the sides of the center console.

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April 24, 2015

Toyota Mirai to be the first fuel cell vehicle to pace a NASCAR race

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Toyota has announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel cell vehicle will pace the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, April 25. The Mirai will be the first hydrogen-fueled vehicle to pace a NASCAR race.

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April 20, 2015

Refreshed 2016 Lexus ES debuts at the Shanghai Motor Show

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The Lexus ES is the best-selling sedan in the Lexus lineup and for the 2016 model year, it should continue to hold that title thanks to a refreshed exterior, new engine options and an updated interior.

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April 14, 2015

2015 Lexus CT 200h [REVIEW]

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Looking for a fun, compact hybrid with a bit of luxury thrown in? Well add the Lexus CT 200h to your test drive list. The CT 200h arrived on the market in 2011 and is still the only compact luxury hybrid on the market and even though it shares a lot in common with the not so fun Prius, the CT 200h has a character that is all its own.

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April 10, 2015

2016 Lexus ES is getting a refresh, to debut this month in Shanghai

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Lexus has released a teaser of the updated 2016 Lexus ES, which is going to debut later this month at the Shanghai Motor Show. From this single photo we can see that the new ES will get an updated grille and headlights.

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April 2, 2015

2016 Toyota RAV4 gets a refresh and a new hybrid version

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Toyota continues its quest to offer hybrid versions of many of its models and now the RAV4 SUV can be included in that list. Toyota has revealed the updated 2016 RAV4, which sees the introduction of the model's first hybrid version.

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April 1, 2015

All-new 2016 Lexus RX debuts with a more dynamic look

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Lexus has revealed the all-new 2016 Lexus RX, which marks the introduction of the fourth-generation. The 2016 RX build upon the success of the previous model, but now gets a more chiseled exterior that mimics the styling of the smaller NX SUV.

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March 31, 2015

2016 Scion iA and iM debut in New York

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Scion's lineup has grown quite stale over the last few years, but Toyota is about to finally add some new models to its "youthful" brand. Scion has just revealed the 2016 iA and iM models, which add a new sedan and hatchback to the lineup.

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March 26, 2015

2016 Toyota RAV4 gets new hybrid version

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Toyota has announced the addition of a new hybrid to its lineup - the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Toyota has released a teaser photo of the new RAV4 Hybrid, but all the other details are on lock until its debut at the New York Auto Show on April 2.

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March 20, 2015

2016 Lexus RX teased and confirmed for debut next month in New York

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17 years after the first Lexus RX crossover was introduced, Lexus has now confirmed plans to introduce an all-new 2016 RX. The 2016 RX will debut next month at the New York Auto Show.

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2015 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid [REVIEW]

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For over a decade Lexus has only offered one crossover in its lineup - the RX, which essentially started the luxury crossover craze. Now Lexus has finally released a second smaller crossover, that competes in the heavily packed compact crossover segment. With the release of the new NX does Lexus have something that will be as successful as the RX and will it be able to compete with other luxury compact crossovers like the Acura RDX, Audi Q5 and the BMW X1/X3 models?

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March 18, 2015

2016 Scion iA and iM teased ahead of their debut next month in New York

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Scion has revealed the name of its upcoming sedan - the 2016 iA. The iA and the iM five-door hatchback are going to debut next month at the New York Auto Show.

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March 3, 2015

The tiny Lexus LF-SA Concept debuts in Geneva

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As its competitors continue to move further down market with new small entry-level luxury models, Lexus may finally mulling the idea of building its own small entry. Lexus has revealed the new LF-SA concept at the Geneva Motor Show, which could be a preview of a new Lexus city car.

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February 28, 2015

Lexus LF-SA concept leaked ahead of its Geneva debut

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Even though Lexus has said several times that it has no plans to introduce a model smaller than the CT, it looks like things might have changed. Lexus is bringing the new LF-SA concept to the Geneva Motor Show, which is an aggressive high-riding three door hatchback.

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February 19, 2015

Toyota Tacoma Diesel isn't going to happen according to Chief Engineer

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This year the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup is finally getting some competition from GM's new Colorado and Canyon pickups and even though the Toyota gave the 2016 Tacoma a big refresh, there's one area that Toyota will not compete in - diesels.

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February 17, 2015

Lexus LF-SA concept teased ahead of its debut in Geneva

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Lexus has released the first official teaser of its new LF-SA concept that is going to debut next month at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Lexus also says that the concept explores unexpected territories for the brand in a bold and emotional execution, but what exactly does that mean?

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February 12, 2015

2016 Toyota Avalon gets a facelift

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Toyota has revealed the updated 2016 Avalon, which is getting a restyled exterior and updated features. Although the changes are small, the 2016 Avalon's face has been updated with a wider lower front grille, new turn signals, restyled LED taillights and a chrome bumper accent.

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February 5, 2015

Toyota is bringing 2016 Camry and Corolla Special Editions and restyled 2016 Avalon to Chicago

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Toyota has announced that it is going to reveal both a Special Edition Camry and Special Edition Corolla at the Chicago Auto Show, in addition to a restyled 2016 Avalon.

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February 3, 2015

Lexus to reveal a new concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

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Lexus has announced plans to reveal a new concept vehicle at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, next month.

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January 21, 2015

Toyota RND concept to preview a new production model

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Toyota has released a teaser of its new RND concept ahead of its debut on January 26. We can't tell much from this photo, but Toyota says that it is "ready for fast-track development that should see it changing the face of motoring within weeks."

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