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Here Comes Tesla’s Competition

March 28th, 2014

Commuter Cars Tango and George Clooney

When you think of electric cars, the first maker to come to mind is probably Tesla. The company has done an amazing job branding itself as the leader in vehicles powered by electrons. With sexy car designs, lots of media coverage and a personable-yet-eccentric CEO, Tesla has become the gold standard in electric vehicles.

That doesn’t mean Tesla is alone, though.

Other carmakers build and sell vehicles that use alternative fuels, and there’s no way the legacy automakers are going to sit down and watch Tesla silently drive into the sunset with all the cash.

From the big boys to some small guys with big ideas, it seems EVs are here to stay. Keep reading for some interesting competitors Tesla may face.

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The Toyota Models That Should Go

December 27th, 2013

2014-Scion FR-S

Toyota makes some weird cars.

In an effort to dominate the world, the automaker has covered just about every segment with the exception of supercars. Come to think of it, it’s entered those exclusive ranks as well with the Lexus LFA.

From entry-level basic transportation to 4-wheel-drive off-roaders to luxury cruisers and everything in between, Toyota has a vehicle to meet the needs and wants of every human on Earth.

For now, at least.

According an article at WardsAuto, Toyota will streamline its product offerings and discontinue some models.

Keep reading for the list of cars Toyota should axe.

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New Car Shortage! Real or Imagined?

September 5th, 2013

2014 Honda Accord

Remember when Twinkies went extinct? There was a mass panic, and stores sold out immediately when news broke that the spongy yellow cake was about to be gone forever.

Fast forward to last weekend and I’m at a convenience store somewhere in the middle of Oregon, and there’s a stack of Twinkies at the cash register, with a label on the packaging that said something like, “Best comeback story ever.”

Right. Anyone else think the Twinkie panic was nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell more Twinkies?

I feel something similar might be happening in the auto industry at this very moment.

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No More Made-In-Japan Toyota Vehicles in the United States?

January 22nd, 2013
Toyota Corolla Furia concept

Toyota Furia concept

“Made in Japan” is a stamp of honor worn by many Toyota vehicles in the United States. For decades, vehicles built in the Land of the Rising Sun were synonymous with quality and known for exceptional build quality. That’s still true today, but a future is in sight when all Toyota cars sold here in the U.S. will have also been built in North America.

What would that mean for the definition of a “domestic car”? Would Toyota’s reputation for quality remain as strong?

This is nowhere near a done deal, but considering the vast majority of Toyotas sold here are already built here, it’s a possibility that should be taken seriously.

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Cars Coming Soon: A Silent But Raging Return for Toyota Performance

November 15th, 2012
Toyota Supra

The next Toyota Supra?

You might want to begin thanking everyone who bought a new Scion FR-S.

Because of the success of Toyota’s new little sports car, the company is considering bringing back the vaunted MR2 and Supra names. Yes, these rumors have been floated before, but now that Toyota has confirmed the public’s thirst for its performance offerings, there will probably be more on the way.

This possibility was mentioned in yesterday’s Car of the Year post, but since then a little more info has surfaced. Not all of it good.

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Newest Aston Martin V12: The Cygnet?

October 29th, 2012

Some rumors are so extraordinary, you’d swear they have to be made up.

The Nissan Juke-R began that way, at least in my mind. Why would a supercar engine and drivetrain get stuffed into a mediocre mini crossover? It didn’t make sense or even seem possible. And yet, it happened. In spectacular fashion.

This next rumor wades even deeper into the crazy. It involves a car that shouldn’t even exist and an engine that will never fit inside.

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Four Great Trucks Americans Can’t Have

August 31st, 2012
Holden Colorado

Coming soon: the new Chevy Colorado

Top Gear made the Toyota Hilux legendary by trying to destroy it. It drove out of an ocean, survived a collapsing building and traversed to the North Pole. The truck simply can’t be stopped.

The Hilux is a perfect example of a tough truck that Americans don’t get to enjoy. Instead, we get the Tacoma and Tundra. Which are fine, but really, what would happen if a new Tacoma got submerged in an incoming ocean tide? I shudder to think.

As great as the Hilux may be, is it still the toughest little truck in all the world? After all, it hasn’t been significantly updated since 2005, and at least three other trucks have matured into worthy competitors.

But can anyone really beat the Toyota?

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The End of the Box? Scion Changing Direction, Saying Goodbye to xB

April 25th, 2012
Scion xB

The old look of Scion...

Some car brands have certain models that define them. For Scion, that model is the xB. No question, when people think of Scion, they think of college kids driving around in this box-shaped vehicle. The edgy brand and odd looks of the car combined to create a hit with Generation Y.

Of course, Scion sells other vehicles, too. The tC is a mostly lame attempt at a sports coupe, and the xD is, well, I can’t think of anyone who has ever liked the little hatch. The tC, at least, still sells well enough to justify its existence, but the xB and xD seem to have hit the end of the road.

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Cars Coming Soon: The $1 Million Toyota

April 12th, 2012
Lexus LF-LC concept

Lexus LF-LC Concept

While Toyota has no plans to build a Camry that costs a cool million, the company responsible for the remarkable Lexus LFA just might have a supercar sequel in mind.

How can the automaker top its efforts on the $375,000, 202-mph, 552-hp, 4.8-liter V10-powered scream machine? Honestly, I wouldn’t have thought it would be possible without striving for Bugatti Veyron-type numbers. Which, it turns out, could be a possibility. The rumor mill is churning with “leaked information” that Toyota isn’t satisfied with the LFA’s performance and wants a car that’s faster, more powerful and priced at close to a million bucks.

This is the type of story I’d take with a hefty dose of the proverbial salt, but the thought sure is enticing. It’s also a bit more believable considering the recent efforts Toyota has made at building sporty cars. In addition to the untouchable LFA, the Scion FR-S will arrive shortly, and the Lexus LF-LC concept looks hot.

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Toyota Prius C Takes Aim at Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf

March 19th, 2012

Let’s talk fuel efficiency.

Again.

Gas prices keep going up, people keep complaining, blah blah blah. Nothing new to report there.

It’s the cars that people choose to buy as prices rise that remains an interesting, though somewhat predictable, topic. One new highly efficient car has outsold the February totals of both the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.

In just three days.

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