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Toyota Unveils Epic Yaris Hybrid-R Concept

Toyota Unveils Epic Yaris Hybrid-R Concept

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Hybrid four-cylinder powertrain produces V-8 power

Toyota has unveiled a new concept car called the Yaris Hybrid-R concept at the Frankfurt auto show. The car marks Toyota's first entry into high-performance hybrids for road car application. Toyota...

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Toyota Unveils Epic Yaris Hybrid-R Concept

Sep 4 2013, 2:30pm CDT | by

Hybrid four-cylinder powertrain produces V-8 power

Toyota has unveiled a new concept car called the Yaris Hybrid-R concept at the Frankfurt auto show. The car marks Toyota's first entry into high-performance hybrids for road car application. Toyota has used hybrid technology in some of its racing cars for a while. The vehicle combines a turbocharged and direct injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder to a pair of electric motors.

Combined the vehicle turns into an all-wheel-drive with a peak output is 414 horsepower. A third electric motor is used between the engine and six-speed sequential transmission. The electric motor acts like generator taking power from the engine at low load conditions and converting it into electricity to be used later.

The steering wheel of the concept car has a road mode and track mode. When placed in track mode the rear electric motors are able to deliver peak horsepower for 5 seconds before the pastors have to be recharged. Road mode focuses on saving fuel. There's no indication of whether this will ever be, production vehicle.

 
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These are the 4.7 million cars affected by massive Takata airbag recall

Oct 20 2014 4:13pm CDT | Source: Driving Canada

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million car owners whose air bag inflators have been recalled to get them repaired. The air bags, especially in areas along the coast with high absolute humidity, have inflators that can rupture. If the air bags go off in a crash, that can send shrapnel into the passenger compartment and injure people. Below is the list of models covered by recalls that date back to 2013. ...
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Toyota explains what names like Camry and Yaris mean

Oct 20 2014 2:37pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Etc., Marketing/Advertising, Toyota Ever wonder where automakers get the names for their cars? You're not alone. The sitcom Seinfeld opened Episode 94 - the one where George Costanza buys a Chrysler LeBaron instead of a Volvo - with a bit about nameplates like Integra, Supra and Impreza. Toyota, clearly, is not exempt from choosing evocative but enigmatic names for its models, and now ...
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From the Obvious File: Record Number of Vehicles Recalled in 2014

Oct 20 2014 2:12pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

The number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. this year has hit an all-time high since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was founded in 1970. According to the Detroit Free Press, automakers have recalled more than 56 million vehicles year-to-date in 2014, surpassing the 1999 full-year record of 55.6 million. (You may now add 53 2015 Ford Mustangs to this total.) As you might expect, General Motors vehicles make up nearly half of that number at more than 26.5 million. Analyzing ...
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All It Takes To Ruin A Russian Day Is One Crappy Camry Driver

Oct 20 2014 1:34pm CDT | Source: Jalopnik

In all of my years of driving, I never thought "close your eyes and just go for it" was an acceptable method of changing lanes. This Toyota Camry driver proves that, starting a domin ...
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NHTSA Urges Quick Fix of Defective Airbags

Oct 20 2014 1:25pm CDT | Source: Cars.com

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is counseling owners of vehicles affected by the massive Takata airbag recall to act fast to replace their defective airbags. The recall, expanded several times during the year, involves airbags that could deploy with too much pressure and cause injury. It affects millions of Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and General Motors vehicles. Related: BMW, Chrysler, Ford Join Ever-Expanding Airbag Recall Unsure if your veh ...
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NHTSA urges owners of recalled Takata airbag vehicles to take immediate action

Oct 20 2014 12:46pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Acura, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Pontiac, Toyota The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation are taking the unusual step of issuing a followup press release urging owners of certain recalled vehicles "to act immediately" to fix their cars and trucks. The problem in question concerns the repair campaigns for rupturing Takata airbag inflators issued in June ...
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GM Ignition-Switch Deaths Up to 29, Automaker May Face $10-Billion Class-Action Lawsuit

Oct 20 2014 12:43pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

A group of lawyers wants to sue General Motors for more than $10 billion in what will likely become the largest class-action lawsuit against the automaker for ignition-switch defects that have claimed at least 290 lives. Hagens Berman, the law firm that in 2012 won $1.1 billion in economic damages against Toyota for its unintended-acceleration recalls, has essentially scrapped a $350-million class-action suit against GM it filed in March. That ...
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2014 Monster Energy Cup Results | Kawasaki Earns Another

Oct 20 2014 12:40pm CDT | Source: Ultimate Motorcycling

2014 Monster Energy Cup Results & Recap Four Monster Energy Cups, four different winners. That’s how the world’s only $1 million Supercross race – held every year after AMA Motocross season – has played out in its short history. But only one rider has ever achieved the $1 million grand prize that is awarded to the victor who sweeps all three main events. Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto completed this feat during the deb ...
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Toyota, Lexus expanding Takata airbag recall, re-notifying customers

Oct 20 2014 12:09pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Lexus, Toyota Toyota is re-notifying owners and expanding its Takata airbag inflator recall for some regions. The renewed campaign covers 247,000 examples of the Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC430 that are located in southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. All of the models come from the 2001-2004 model years and have potentially faulty Takata-made infla ...
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