Toyota Introduces Compact Hybrid to Japanese Market

On Monday, the Toyota Motor Corporation introduced a compact gasoline/electric hybrid vehicle for its home market. The car, which will be sold as the Toyota Aqua in Japan, was introduced at a Tokyo news conference and will eventually be available in other markets, including the United States, as the Prius C.
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Toyota to Replace Coolant Pump in 390,000 Priuses in North America

Toyota announced Tuesday that it was replacing the coolant pumps on 650,000 Prius hybrids worldwide, The Associated Press reported. But the automaker has stopped short of calling the action a recall.

It is a “customer satisfaction campaign,” said Paul Nolasco, a spokesman for the Toyota Motor Corporation.
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Toyota iQ to Have Electric Variant in 2012

Toyota’s urban electric car, shown in various guises at auto shows, will be based on the diminutive iQ when it arrives in Europe, Japan and the United States in 2012, the company says. Journalists in Japan drove prototypes of the car recently at Mega Web, a showroom with a small test track run by the Toyota Motor Corporation in Tokyo.

The iQ will be sold as a Scion in the United States when it goes on sale early next year, but Toyota did not say whether the Car Hire France electric car would also wear the Scion badge.
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Toyota Launches Tacoma Production in San Antonio

Production of the Tacoma pickup truck began last month but was marked today with a ceremony at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. (TMMTX).  The $100 million investment boosts total investment to $1.4 billion.

Texas Governor Rick Perry joined San Antonio community leaders, team members, suppliers as well as Toyota officials including Toyota Motor Corporation Executive Vice President Atsushi Niimi.
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