May 3, 2012 |
2012 Toyota Prius C Three: The C is for "cuter. " Price: $23,519 as tested. (Including $850 for the sunroof, $225 for floor mats, and $49 for a cargo net.) Marketer's pitch: As the millions of TV commercials have said: "A (Game of Life) game piece to move you to the next level. " Conventional wisdom: The 25-dollar fill-up makes a comeback. Reality: A less interplanetary Prius. A delicate balance: Whenever I try out the Driver's Seat on well-known models, I brace myself for the inevitable onslaught of responses, most of them less-than-favorable.
March 20, 2012 |
Two police officers were hurt today when their police van was rammed by a car at an intersection in Northeast Philadelphia and flipped over. The officers were taken to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital complaining of neck and back pain, police said. Their injuries are not considered life threatening. The female driver of the Toyota that rammed the van was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center for observation. Police said the van was northbound on Harbison Avenue with its sirens on and lights flashing about 8:45 a.m. when Toyota, which was eastbound on East Cheltenham Avenue., slammed into the driver's side of the van. The van flipped and landed on the hood of the Toyota.
December 11, 2011 |
Toyota has never peddled the Camry as a performer. It has always been marketed as a conservative, comfortable family sedan with an emphasis on its durability and safety features. The closest we get to an exception to that rule is the V-6-powered SE model. It is certainly the most fun you can have in a Camry, and Toyota made sure that continued to be the case when it redesigned the midsize sedan for 2012. While its 3.5-liter, 268-horsepower V-6 is a 2011 carryover, the new SE has been fitted with a stiffer, more athletic suspension than the other Camrys, and a more precise electric steering system with excellent on-center feel.
November 2, 2011 |
2011 Toyota Prius Three: City commuters, why aren't we all driving this? Price: Oh, yeah, because it's $24,520 without options. A slightly less-equipped Prius Two starts at $23,520. Marketer's pitch: Gas is $3.50 a gallon, dude. Conventional wisdom: Gas is $3.50 a gallon, dude. Reality: Gas is $3.50 a gallon, dude. And this isn't a bad car. Efficient package: I'd read some hybrid-backlash articles this year, reporting that some people contend their mileage may vary so much that they wonder why they bought a hybrid at all. So I thought I'd try out the Driver's Seat.
August 29, 2011
By Charles Saydah Fantasies die hard. I know because my wife and I recently had to part with our fantasy: a deep-blue Saab convertible that we drove for eight years. It's been hardly a month now that I've been driving a new, eminently serviceable, gray Toyota Corolla. But all I can see on the road is convertibles, most of them with their tops down. Audis, Mini Coopers, Mercedes-Benzes, Mustangs, Sebrings, Volvos, Solaras, PT Cruisers, Cabrios, Vettes, Jeeps, Spiders, Mazdas, and sibling Saabs - convertibles everywhere.
April 20, 2011 |
DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp. has extended production cuts at its North American factories into early June as it struggles to deal with parts shortages caused by the earthquake that hit Japan. The disruptions caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami continue to spread. Toyota has warned dealers to expect shortages well into this summer, and has changed paint colors on many models because of chemical shortages from a supplier. Even U.S. automakers are feeling the pain, trimming production schedules at many plants.
April 16, 2011 |
TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that it would maintain output at half capacity in Japan from May 10 through June 3 because of a supply crunch for auto parts after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. The world's No. 1 automaker said it remained unclear when it would return to full production in Japan. Toyota spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto said the company was struggling to obtain about 150 types of auto parts. The magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami destroyed parts factories in northeastern Japan, causing severe supply shortages for Toyota and other automakers.
April 5, 2011 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it almost surely would be forced to temporarily shut down all of its North American factories because of parts shortages due to the earthquake that hit Japan last month. The temporary shutdowns are likely to take place in April and affect 25,000 workers, but no layoffs are expected, company spokesman Mike Goss said. How long the shutdowns last or whether all 13 of Toyota's North American factories will be affected at the same time is unknown and depends on when parts production can restart in Japan, he said.
February 9, 2011 |
Federal officials delivered reassuring news Tuesday to Toyota and its customers: A 10-month study by engineers at NASA found no evidence that electronic or software failures contributed to thousands of complaints that Toyota vehicles could suddenly speed out of control. At a news conference in Washington, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said NASA supported the stance of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which pressed Toyota to recall nearly eight million vehicles in 2009 and 2010 because of gas pedals that could stick or get trapped by loose floor mats.
February 8, 2011 |
Another piece of the puzzle behind complaints about sudden unintended acceleration in Toyotas may fall into place Tuesday when Department of Transportation officials disclose findings from a 10-month study by engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. At the request of Congress, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration enlisted NASA in its effort to identify any hidden flaws in Toyota's components, electronics, or software that could cause rare but dangerous failures.