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Robot Astronaut Speaks First Words in Outer Space

Kirobo became the first robot to speak in outer space on Aug. 21, 2013. The robot astronaut, equipped with voice-recognition software from Toyota, sent a greeting to everyone on Earth and a photo to Mirata, the back-up crew member robot. Visit @Toyota ACCESS to receive your news via e-mail. Update your RSS feed […] […]

VW XL1 to carry $145,000 price tag?

Filed under: Diesel, EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Volkswagen The best we’ve been able to suss out thus far is that the Volkswagen XL1 will be expensive. Like six-figure, “as much as a nicely detailed Audi A6,” expensive (we’re assuming that Audi bit is European pricing). Given that this is a hand-built, hyper-aerodynamic, plug-in-diesel vehicle – and one that […] […]

Toyota has Best Month in More Than Five Years With Sales Increase of Nearly 23 Percent

TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2013)— Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported August 2013 sales results of 231,537 units, an increase of 18.4 percent over August 2012 on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis.  On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 28 selling days in August 2013, versus 27 selling days in […] […]

August 2013 Sales Chart

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Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf both set new montly sales records, 3,351 vs 2,420

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Chevrolet, Nissan It’s been a while since the Chevy Volt has has a headline-worthy sales month, but with 3,351 units sold in August, General Motors figures now is the time to trumpet how the plug-in hybrid is doing in the marketplace (see press release below). In the US, the Volt had an […] […]

Toyota Motor Sales Issues August 2013 Sales Preview

TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2013) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported August 2013 sales results of 231,537 units, an increase of 18.4 percent over August 2012 on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis.  On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 28 selling days in August 2013 versus 27 selling days […] […]

Wheelies: The Price of Efficiency Edition

Volkswagen announced pricing for its limited-production diesel plug-in hybrid, and Carhenge has a new owner. […]

Toyota to Recall 235,000 Vehicles Over Stalling Problem

Toyota recalled 82,000 hybrids in 2011 for a similar problem, but says the new recall is different. […]