First Canadian Hybrid CPO Program Launched By Toyota

In a natural evolution of marketing its hybrid vehicles, Toyota Canada has expanded its Certified Used Vehicle program to include hybrid models.

Toyota has sold more than 69,000 Toyota Hybrid Vehicles since the first Prius arrived in Canada in 2000.

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Surveying the Plug-In Landscape

Sunday’s Automobiles section takes the measure of purely electric and hybrid vehicles that are currently on sale or coming to market in the next couple of years.

Bradley Berman spent a week with the BMW ActiveE, a purely electric version of the 1 Series coupe that serves as a test platform for BMW’s electric vehicle program. By gutting the internal-combustion innards and packing the vacated spaces with 192 battery cells, BMW created a surprisingly dexterous and spirited machine, he writes, even though the new powertrain adds nearly 1,000 pounds to the car’s curb weight.

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Toyota lifts Japan 2012 forecast on eco-subsidy

Toyota Motor Corp on Wednesday lifted its 2012 domestic sales forecast to 1.63 million vehicles, up 6.5 percent from its previous prediction and 36 percent higher than 2011, after the government last month decided to re-introduce subsidies for fuel-efficient cars.

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Fifty new vehicle launches at Auto Expo 2012

Fifty new two-wheelers, cars, buses and trucks would be launched at the Auto Expo 2012 beginning January 5.

“This year’s auto expo will have 50 launches across categories like two-wheelers, trucks, buses and cars,” S. Sandilya, president, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), said on Wednesday.
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Georgetown to Help Toyota Test Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) announced today its launch of a Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHV) demonstration program at Georgetown University.  Two vehicles will be loaned to the university as part of a global plug-in hybrid study with TMS and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program managing the long-term evaluation of the vehicles.

During the study, more than 150 PHVs are being delivered to demonstration program partners across the U.S.—600 throughout the world—to demonstrate plug-in hybrid technology, educate and inform the public about the cars, and capture real-world driving data.  The Prius PHV is capable of running on electricity for approximately 13 miles at speeds up to 62 mph, at which point it operates as a conventional Prius hybrid.
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