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Prius Goes Platinum – a badge you’d be ashamed to display?

Sep 4th, 2011

Well, that went well…

Back in the spring of 2011 Toyota had celebrated 1 million Prius vehicles sold in America between 2000 and April 2011. So, they decided to do something special for the Prius owners…

It hasn’t even been a full half year since I registered to receive the Prius Goes Platinum badge here at Toyota site and already a (strangely thin) envelope from Toyota! Let’s open it quick, get our hands on a badge I’ve earned through owning 2 Priuses (Priae?) and putting 130,000+ miles on them, a badge I would love to stick somewhere on the outside of the vehicle (what else am I supposed to do with it, anyhow?).

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Why Hybrid

Jan 27th, 2011

2nd Gen Toyota Prius at a Show

2nd Gen Toyota Prius at a Show


If you’re in the market of a new car, you could do yourself and the planet a favor by buying a hybrid vehicle. It is both environmental friendly and good for your budget. Car manufacturers improve the hybrid technology each year. Because of these developments, mass production of hybrid vehicles is becoming cheaper. Click here to continue reading »

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10-10-2010 – 10 years of Prius

Jul 30th, 2010

Toyota to celebrate 10 years of Prius on 10-10-2010

Toyota to celebrate 10 years of Prius on 10-10-2010

October 10th, 2010 (10-10-2010)
Mark your calendar, there is going to be a celebration soon! Toyota is planning some (unspecified) festivities to mark the 10th anniversary of its iconic hybrid car. Here is a little quirk: Click here to continue reading »

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2011 Nissan LEAF priced: Nissan announces prices for their 100% electric car

Mar 30th, 2010

Nissan LEAF™ electric car (Image credit - Nissan)

Nissan LEAF™ electric car (Image credit - Nissan)


The time has come for us to learn about the pricing of the first 100% electric car mass-produced by a major automotive company. Nissan has just announced the pricing and availability of their revolutionary LEAF™ electric car. Whether you’ll find it affordable or too expensive completely depends on how close your average daily mileage is to the 100 miles per day that Nissan had designed the car for. In their announcement Nissan also points out that some government incentives in the form of tax credits may be available to you. So, exactly how affordable can it be to drive a car producing zero tailpipe emissions? Keep reading to find out… Click here to continue reading »

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Have YOU taken your Toyota ownership experience survey?

Mar 19th, 2010

Toyota's Durability Product Quality Survey. Uncle Sam NOT included

Toyota's Durability Product Quality Survey. Uncle Sam NOT included


I have to admit I had no idea Toyota has a VP of Customer Retention but apparently Mr. Dave Zellers have his work cut out for him lately. I am reminded of that every time I drive by a Ford dealership in the area that posted a huge “$1000 Toyota trade in reward” sign a couple of months ago. I have received an e-mail from Toyota’s Headquarters today (as I’m sure did millions of other Toyota owners in recent days / weeks) and decided that this is the least I can do for my favorite automaker. I did have a few small issues I wanted to tell them about and I’ve actually appreciated the opportunity. So here goes: Click here to continue reading »

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Third Generation Prius slated for firmware update

Feb 8th, 2010

Toyota's official Prius brake system diagram

Toyota's official Prius brake system diagram


Toyota is getting ready to recall some 270,000 third generation Priuses sold in the US since their introduction in May 2009. This US recall is expected to be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 09 2010 and is expected to be just a firmware update for the car’s computer. The firmware update is designed to address Click here to continue reading »

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Toyota in trouble

Feb 5th, 2010
Toyota's Official Diagram for the sticky accelerator fix

Toyota's Official Diagram for the sticky accelerator fix

As the news come in about yet another Toyota recall, this time involving the 2010 Prius (Japan only so far), it starts to look very much like the issue is not the mere 1.5″ long piece of metal pictured here. I honestly don’t know what is more embarrassing in terms of PR for Toyota: admit to improperly designing a pedal or letting a bug slip into the software that runs their vehicles. C’mon Toyota, a pedal that gets jammed? You guys can do better than that. Click here to continue reading »

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Nissan LEAF – look Ma, no emissions!

Nov 19th, 2009

Nissan LEAF Electrical Vehicle

Nissan LEAF Electrical Vehicle

A relative newcomer to the field of environmentally friendly cars, Nissan does not yet have a production vehicle based on it’s own hybrid technology. Nissan Altima Hybrid is based on Toyota Camry’s Hybrid Synergy Drive. However, with the North American debut of the Nissan LEAF car at upcoming LA Auto Show , Nissan appears to be trying to jump a step ahead of everybody else: LEAF has no gasoline engine! And LEAF is no golf cart, either. Keep reading for more details. Click here to continue reading »

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Toyota Hybrid Priapus

Nov 12th, 2009

Toyota Priapus (AKA Volta) - Image courtesy Toyota Motor Sales

Toyota Priapus (AKA Volta) - Image courtesy Toyota Motor Sales

Conceived by famed Italian designer Giugiaro of ItalDesign, the Toyota Hybrid Priapus is not only an energy efficient sport car, but also a sizzling and sleek fast car that catches the eye of every sports car enthusiast. It contains a 3-liter V6 enhanced by dual front and rear electric motors. The Priapus is powered by a striking 408 hp Hybrid Synergy Drive. A conventional gas and electric hybrid, the Priapus lists at over $70,000. This hot roadster can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just over four seconds. As well, it provides about 30/mpg during usual driving practices. There is no comparison with this efficient sports car to the new 2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid car in performance value.
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Toyota Floor Mat Safety Recall – Can your Prius kill you?

Nov 10th, 2009

Toyota is sending out floor mat safety recall letters

Toyota is sending out floor mat safety recall letters

Toyota has been making some news lately with their runaway vehicles and they are trying to do something about it. I’ve just received the Interim Notice letter I’ve been hearing about for a few weeks now and set out to see if the floor mat could be a likely culprit, as described in the letter. Here is what I’ve found:

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