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Toyota Unveils Epic Yaris Hybrid-R Concept

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...

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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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Ford decides C-Max shoppers not interested in fuel economy

Oct 25 2014 2:08pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Hybrid, MPG, Ford If you say a car - the Ford C-Max Hybrid, for example - is "fun to drive," can anyone really come up with some empirical evidence against your claim? What about calling it "versatile"? We wonder if Ford has been thinking along these lines when it talks about the green little hatch. Ford is refocusing its sales strategy for the C-Max Hybrid after the model took a sales hit on both sides of the Atlantic recently, Automo ...
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A Third Of Cars Need Suspension Fixes Every Year

Oct 25 2014 11:15am CDT | Source: Car Articles

The Audi RS6 and Mercedes R-Class are more likely to suffer suspension damage than any other cars in the UK, according to a new study by Warranty Direct. Fiat’s six-seater Multipla and the Jaguar XK sports car are the next most vulnerable, with 29 and 28.5 percent of Warranty Direct customers claiming for damage to axle and suspension components on their cars annually. Deteriorating, potholed roads in winter and the proliferation of speed bumps increase the likelihood o ...
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Rally Toyota Corolla? Rally Toyota Corolla

Oct 25 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: Jalopnik

We may or may not have beef with the 2014 Toyota Corolla , depending on who you ask . But that doesn't mean we have cow meat with all Toyota Corollas. I certainly have no problem with the rally-winning WRC Toyota Corolla. Nope. No problem at al ...
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LeMons New England: Many Audis, Many Forgotten GM Cars, and the World’s Most Evil Vanagon

Oct 24 2014 9:20pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

The 24 Hours of LeMons has returned to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the third annual Halloween Hooptiefest, and we’ve got some fascinating machinery among the 130 or so entries that rolled into the garage for our traditional Friday car inspections. Let’s take a look! First of all, the Mod Squad Vanagon made everyone stagger back in awe. The recipe: Take one third-gen Toyota MR2 that was wrapped around a shopping-mall light pole in a fit of ill-advised hoonage, take a Vanagon body and c ...
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Car Review: 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Oct 24 2014 7:08pm CDT | Source: Driving Canada

Overview: Five-passenger, mid-size, front-wheel-drive sedan Pros: Excellent front seats, new grille treatment adds some needed style Cons: Limited legroom in rear seating area; odd dash trim panel will be a dirt and grime magnet; manual shift mechanism is poorly designed. Value for money: Fair What would I change?: Make steering-wheel paddles available, find more rear legroom, Instrument cluster, dash trim panel, The Chevrolet Malibu has been revised for 2015 in an effort to bring i ...
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U-Turn: What you missed on 10.24.14

Oct 24 2014 6:43pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Aftermarket, Coupe, Performance, Dodge, Ford 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack The goodness of the 2015 Dodge Challenger isn't just limited to that 707-horsepower Hellcat model. As associate editor Brandon Turkus explains, there's plenty to love about the Challenger R/T with its Scat Pack kit, complete with a 6.4-liter V8, eight-speed automatic transmission, and more poise than ever before. Read all about it in today's Quick Spin. F ...
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2015 Toyota Avalon Touring Sport Edition announced

Oct 24 2014 4:00pm CDT | Source: World Car Fans

Toyota is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Avalon by introducing the new XLE Touring Sport ...
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Toyota sells off Tesla shares, too

Oct 24 2014 1:18pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: BMW, Toyota, Tesla The incredible rise of Tesla's stock price has done little to now stop two major shareholders from ditching their stake in the American EV manufacturer. First, Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, ditched its four-percent stake, and less than a week later, Toyota is doing the same thing, selling off an undisclosed bit of its Tesla investment. The move comes as Toyota winds ...
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The Part NASCAR, Part AE86 Drift Machine

Oct 24 2014 12:00pm CDT | Source: Jalopnik

A strong contender for the coolest drift car in the world right now is the Driftworks DW86, a mix of a European NASCAR offshoot stock car and an old Toyota ...
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