2013 RX 450h Hybrid & GS 450h Hybrid: Prices Released

The waiting is over. Toyota has released the official prices for its 2013 RX 450h hybrid crossover and GS 450h hybrid sedan. 

The 2013 RX 450h hybrid crossover will begin at $45,910 for the front-wheel-drive models and $47,310 for the all-wheel-drive models. The GS 450h hybrid sedan meanwhile comes in at $58,950, the exact same starting price as the model it is replacing.

The 2013 RX 450h hybrid crossover prices are $675 and $485 more than the FWD and the AWD models respectively had last year. The RX will continue to sport Lexus’ Hybrid Drive system.

Check here for Lexus RX hybrid deals in your area, or the Lexus official site for specs.

New Toyota Camry: Revolutionary

The new Toyota Camry reviews racing in are nothing short of remarkable. Some reviews are even saying the reinvented Camry is a revolutionary vehicle that will most likely help the long-time popular car reclaim its spot atop the family sedan niche.

The Camry, which ranges in price from $22,715 to a tad above $30,000, has not evolved much in its exterior looks. Its lines remain simple and familiar. Inside, though, the changes shine. Depending upon the trim package a buyer selects, drivers and passengers sit out the journey in a world comprised of leather upholstery  and wood-and-matte-black trim. The folks inside can also access apps that come preloaded in the Camry’s Entune infotainment system.    

The ride of the new Camry is an improvement upon previous models as well. The suspension has been re-engineered and tuned to give a fine ride while not giving up any road-gripping ability. Finally, hybrid lovers have something that they can go gaga over, the new Camry hybrid that does not have the Hybrid Synergy Drive system that was made for the Prius.

Check here for the latest Toyota Camry deals and incentives.

Toyota CEO: We Will Not Produce Low-End Cars

Toyota Motor’s president Akio Toyoda said that the Japanese automaker will not produce, nor offer low-end cars in order to pump up overall sale volume numbers.

This announcement comes on the heels of news announcing that Nissan and Volkswagen are to do the exact opposite. Nissan is to bring forth its Datsun brand once again to target buyers occupying the lower-end of developing markets.  

Talking about this decision to ignore the lower-end market, Toyoda said, “We won’t risk sacrificing quality simply to meet a certain price range. When we think about what customers value in our cars, it’s reliability.”

Speaking to reporters, Toyoda added, “We are a full-line car maker, but to grow sustainably, we need to make a certain level of profit on cars, no matter how big or small they are. Does Toyota have the ability to make cars for 500,000 yen ($6,000) like Tata Motors? I don’t think so.” Tata is an Indian automaker renown for producing the planet’s cheapest car, the Nano.

Once the world’s largest automaker, Toyota dropped below General Motors and Volkswagen last year in global units moved following the earthquake and tsunami disaster.

In a shuffle affecting many layers of the higher ranks of Toyota, Jim Lentz was named CEO of Toyota Motor Sales. The move, which made Lentz the first American in the position, also named Shigeki Terashi as the president and COO of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. These moves will take effective April 1.

Lentz, currently the company’s COO, became a rising star during the recent recall issues during which he gave many interviews and testified before the furrowed, indignant brows of the U.S. Congress. Currently the president, Terashi is taking on the responsibilities of the COO position that Lentz is vacating.

Toyota Continues Their Major Rebound

If you can’t stand the squished-bug styling of the Toyota Prius, this article is more bad news.

On the other hand, if you’re excited by the success of alternative-fuel vehicles in recent months, and the prospect of $5 gas doesn’t scare you, you’ll probably enjoy it.

Toyota reported a record sales increase for all hybrids this month (February) over last year of more than 50%.  That’s a big jump, and it doesn’t even take into account the two new models that go on sale this week.

Especially intriguing is the Prius C subcompact, which although slightly expensive for a subcompact at $18,950, is still far cheaper than the other Prius versions.  Typically the prices on Prius V hybrids run from $32,000 to  $40,000.  For insurance rates for Toyota Prius, click here.

The Toyota Camry Returns Anew

The Toyota Camry has been reinvented in the hope that it can regain the prowess it once enjoyed in the family sedan market. The new Camry will reenter a niche that is now crowded by the likes of the Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu, all of which possess varying degrees of stable engineering, sensible pricing and longevity. 

This increased competition is a boon for the consumer. Now makers of midrange family sedans have to compete for customers by packing as many wanted features into their products.  The designers of the 2012 Camry have done just that by loading their newest car with all sorts of features, upgrades and tweaks that will have tech-hungry consumers smiling in short order.

The most important change is the brand new drive-train that will power the hybrid version of the new Camry. Gone is the unpopular Prius drivetrain. Some of the other catchy features are a safety system that includes ten airbags, optional leather upholstery, the ability to use a smartphone as a tether between your car to the Internet, and an Entune entertainment system in the center console.

The range of the 2012 Camry models will run from $22,715 to $30,605.    For the latest Toyota Camry hybrid deals, go here.

The Toyota Camry Returns Anew

The Toyota Camry has been reinvented in the hope that it can regain the prowess it once enjoyed in the family sedan market. The new Camry will reenter a niche that is now crowded by the likes of the Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu, all of which possess varying degrees of stable engineering, sensible pricing and longevity. 

This increased competition is a boon for the consumer. Now makers of midrange family sedans have to compete for customers by packing as many wanted features into their products.  The designers of the 2012 Camry have done just that by loading their newest car with all sorts of features, upgrades and tweaks that will have tech-hungry consumers smiling in short order.

The most important change is the brand new drive-train that will power the hybrid version of the new Camry. Gone is the unpopular Prius drivetrain. Some of the other catchy features are a safety system that includes ten airbags, optional leather upholstery, the ability to use a smartphone as a tether between your car to the Internet, and an Entune entertainment system in the center console.

The range of the 2012 Camry models will run from $22,715 to $30,605.    

Toyota insiders have let it slip that the Japanese automaker has “received about 120,000 orders for its new Aqua [called the Prius C outside of Japan] compact hybrid between its December 26 release and Jan 31, 10 times the monthly sales target of 12,000 vehicles.” What makes these figures especially impressive is that even before the late-December release Toyota had received 60,000 Aqua preorders.

However, Toyota, only now coming off of a couple of off years, is learning that you’ve got to be careful for what you wish, since, at this point, the automaker simply does not have the capacity to produce such a great number of units. The company is presently configured to roll out 12,000 Aquas a month, and there is no simple way to increase this number without adversely affecting the production of other models.       

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These last few years have not been kind to Toyota. With its ongoing recall issues, last year’s earth quake and tsunami in Japan and just the overall malaise of the worldwide economy, the Japanese automaker can only hope that its future will bring a rosier dawn. And, with the Toyota NS4 concept car, the carmaker just may have good reason to be optimistic.

The NS4 is a display of what a plug-in hybrid Camry will probably look like in model-year 2015. Stylistically, its body does not offer much of a departure from the more aerodynamic sedans that are tooling about our roads today. However, with the NS4 being a concept car and one made for the auto show no less, this one came with powered doors that opened and closed with nary a whisper and touch-screen cluster controls. Moreover, it boasts the pre-collision warning system that some other models already feature.        

Its power source is where the Toyota NS4 concept is to truly distance itself from its ancestors. The engine on display at the auto show appeared to be a hybrid motor that is a step forward from what the most-recent Prius offers.  Check here for the latest Toyota Camry deals and incentives.

Toyota Sees Higher Gas Prices and Prius Sales

Toyota’s President of the USA division, Jim Lentz, sees a rosy future for the company and its Prius Hybrid.  He sees the price of gasoline rising “substantially” in 2012, one reason why Toyota is expanding its hybrid product line to accommodate around 200,000 Prius sales this year. 

For a while there, Toyota’s vaunted reputation as the world’s most reliable carmaker seemed destined to fall.  Recalls due to sticking accelerators made almost daily headlines in the first half of 2010, and then the massive earthquake and tsunami the first few months of 2011 caused supply line problems in Japan.  But with momentum building in the last few months of 2011, Lentz is confident the worst is behind them.

“The plan for this year is to grow sales to almost $1.9 million,” Lentz said last week at the North American International Auto Show.  The gasoline-electric version of the Prius is projected to increase by 60% this year over last, in part because of the introduction of a new, smaller version of the hybrid car.  The new five-door version will debut at just below $19,000 and offers an impressive 53 MPG in city driving conditions.  Lentz expects that many current Prius owners will be “rotating and bringing those…back through to buy more Priuses.”

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