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NHSTA investigating yet another Toyota problem

The Detroit News is reporting that 44,000 Toyota Highlander hybrid's are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over concerns that their engines can stall and fail to restart.

Prii? Really?

On January 10 Toyota launched an online poll to solve what Automotive News calls "one of the most vexing questions in the automotive lexicon"… what the plural form of Prius should be. "Prii" won.

BMW announces new "i" brand. Will Apple complain?

BMW has announced a new sub-brand it will call "i", focusing on a range of advanced stand-alone hybrid, range-extended and plug-in electric models.

Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid: You’ve Got To Be Kidding

The folks at Volkswagen continue to confuse us with products that just don’t make sense from any angle.

Consider the 2011 Touareg Hybrid, with a base price over $60,565 and EPA estimated mileage at 20/24. Really? That’s $12,615 MORE than the base price of the TDI version, which by the way has EPA estimated mileage at 19/28.