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Android Auto Reportedly Coming to Toyotas

Consumers who have Android devices have something tocelebrate as Toyota is reportedly adding Android Auto to its vehicles, ninemonths after announcing its new cars would be compatible with Apple's CarPlay.Toyota has yet to publicly confirm that Android Auto will bein future models but Bloomberg is reporting the deal is done. ...

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Honda Buys Stake in Autonomous Vehicles Venture

Honda Motor Co. is making a $2.75 billion wager on autonomousvehicles by buying a stake in rival General Motors' self-driving vehicle unitthis week.Honda is taking a 5.7 percent stake in Cruise, which isdeveloping autonomous cars for ride service fleets worldwide. The Japanese carmanufacturer is paying $750 million for an equity ...

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Refined 2019 Honda Civic Heading to Dealerships

Honda has made a host of upgrades to the popular 2019 CivicSedan and Coupe rolling into dealerships in early October.Improvements to the 10th-generation Civic includeinterior and exterior styling updates, and the addition of a Sport trim to the Civiclineup. Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies is nowstandard on ...

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VehiclesTEST Videos Help Train Honda, Toyota Sales Teams

Selling new vehicles is competitive so its important for salesteam to be knowledgeable about the vehicles on the lot. VehiclesTEST can getdealership staff up to speed with its video reviews of the latest models from Hondaand Toyota.By watching the video reviews, salespeople can learn newfeatures and benefits about the models ...

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New Toyota Avalon Video Review from VehiclesTEST Now Streaming

Viewers are checking out the new review of the 2019 Toyota Avalonthat is now streaming on dealership websites that subscribe to VehicleTESTsToyota video package.Tested in late summer on the East Coast, the fifth-generationAvalon came with a 301-horsepower V6 engine as part of the top-of-the-lineLimited. The model is also available in ...

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VehiclesTEST Now Offering Video Brochures for 2019 Honda, Toyota Models

VehiclesTEST has launched Video Brochures featuring itsthird-party road tests, providing consumers an easy path to the independentvideos and direct access to all the online shopping features on the dealer'swebsite."We make it easy for a dealership to share video contentwith consumers and help increase traffic to their website," explained DougThompson, publisher ...

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2019 Honda Civic Gets Refreshed, New Technology

Honda rolled out its 2019 Civic Sedan and Coupe by giving itupdated styling, a new trim package and making its Honda Sensing safety-technologystandard on all trim levels.The latest changes to the 2019 Civic enhance the compact carsaggressive and sporty design. Designers restyled the front bumper and grille,adding chrome side pod ...

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Honda Accord, Ridgeline Earns Top Marks in J.D. Power Study

Honda nabbed two top awards from J.D. Power for the Accordand Ridgeline as part of the research companys Automotive Performance,Execution and Layout study.Also joining the awards party for Honda was the 2018 CR-Vand 2018 Odyssey, which finished in the top three in their segments. The Accordtopped the Midsize Car category ...

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2019 Honda HR-V Gets New Look, Heads to Showrooms

Honda's HR-V has undergone a light makeover for 2019 withupdated bumpers and taillights, and the subcompact SUV and now standard is theHonda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies for higher-endmodels.The 2019 HR-V, which is coming to Honda showrooms thismonth, is now offered in Sport and Touring Trim. Honda Sensing ...

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VehiclesTEST: New Toyota Prius Prime Gets High Marks

There's lots to love about the new Toyota Prius Prime andToyota dealerships who subscribe to VehiclesTEST will see the review streaming nextmonth.The VehiclesTEST team tested the Prius during evaluations onthe East Coast in July and found the car with its gas-electric hybrid systemthat has a range of 600-plus miles. The ...

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Toyota Supra Makes ‘Undercover’ Debut

The highly anticipated sports car Toyota Supra made itspublic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. Fans ofthe car got to see a camouflaged Supra prototype driven on the famous hill coursebut will have to wait longer to see the production model.The new Supra, a collaboration ...

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Honda Refreshes Pilot, HR-V for 2019

Honda is heating up the summer with updates to the popular Pilotand HR-V that are expected to make their way to dealership showrooms later thismonth.Honda is doing the refresh on the Pilot and HR-V amid strongdemand for SUVs and light trucks. Sales are up 1.9 percent this year and forthe ...

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Honda’s Civic Type R Pickup Generating a Buzz

Hondas UK engineers created a pickup version for the CivicType R and some industry observers wonder if the concept truck could signal anew direction for small pickup truck design.At first glance the Honda looks like a sporty Civic with alarge rear wing. But look deeper and the rear seating and ...

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Toyota Bets on Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Technology

Toyota Motor Co. is doubling down on alternative fuels with plansto open a factory for hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain components within twoyears.The move comes as fuel cell-powered cars struggle to find a footholdwith consumers and U.S. companies are increasingly turning to battery-electriccars for alternative power. Toyota also has plans to develop ...

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Survey Says: Toyota, Honda Tops in Customer Service

Toyota and Honda auto dealerships deliver the best customerservice experience, a familiar spot for automobile companies in the recentTemkin Experience Ratings.In a survey of 10,000 consumers, Toyota earned the highestindustry rating with Honda taking second. Toyota has finished in the top spotthree times since the Tempkin Group started rating auto ...

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Students Win Toyota Distracted Driving Video PSA Contest

Two North Carolina high school students won a nationalcompetition by producing a video to educate young drivers about the dangers ofdistracted driving.Kirklin "Mack" Hopkins, 17, and Kellen Stadler, 18, won theToyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge with a poignant public service announcementtitled It's Not Fine." Both students graduated this week fromCharlotte-Mecklenburg Schools ...

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Honda Clarity Earns Environmental Honors

Honda recently received a top air quality award from anenvironmental group for its Clarity lineup.The Coalition for Clean Air gave the Honda Clarity its 2018California Air Quality Award for Environmental Stewardship. The award is forproviding drivers with automobiles that reduce or even eliminate tailpipeemissions without sacrificing style or performance."By leading ...

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Toyota Corolla Hatchback Making Summer Debut

Starting this summer consumers will be able to get theirhands on the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback.In bringing the hatchback to the Corolla line, the new sportydesign is lower, wider and longer than its predecessor, Corolla iM. The car'shood sits two inches lower than the previous model, affording passengers betterforward visibility.The ...

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2019 Honda Fit Now in Showrooms

The 2019 Fit started rolling into Honda showrooms earlier thismonth as the automaker continues to double down on the small-car segment.With a MSRP of $16,190 for the LX base model, Honda toutsthe Fit as "the most affordable new car to offer such a comprehensive suite ofadvanced safety and driver-assist technologies." ...

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Toyota Bets on Test Facility in Autonomous Race

Toyota is ramping up its research into automated vehicletechnology by opening a closed-course test facility in Michigan later thisyear.The Toyota Research Institute is slated to be built on a60-acre site at Michigan Technical Resource Park in Ottawa Lake. Toyota willuse the new testing ground to accelerate the development of its ...

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New Toyota Avalon Heads to Showrooms

The redesigned 2019 Avalon will roll into Toyota showrooms thisMay featuring a new V6 engine and Toyota Hybrid System Powertrain plus a bevyof new features.The fifth-generation, mid-premium sedan will includeToyota-firsts such as Apple CarPlay and Dynamic Auxiliary Turn Signals. Comingstandard with Toyota Safety Sense P, the Avalon has a starting ...

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Toyota Unveils Tech-Laden and Sporty Fifth-Generation RAV4

For its fifth generation, the all-new RAV4 debuts more powerful, roomier and fuel-efficient than ever before. RAV4 will be showcased alongside Toyota's full vehicle lineup of cars, trucks, SUVs and future mobility vehicles. The 2019 RAV4 possesses an entirely reimagined design and performance, thanks to the implementation of its new ...

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Are Toyota and Subaru Teaming Up for a New Car?

Toyota and Subaru are collaborating on the next generationof the 86, according to a news report from Japan.The Japan Times reports that the compact sports car modelfrom Subaru and Toyota will launch in 2021. The vehicle will be assembled at aSubaru plant in Gunma, Japan. Subaru will sell the new ...

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Honda Debuts New Hybrid Insight at NY Auto Show

Offering a whopping 55 mpg in city driving, Honda introduceda new hybrid Insight at the New York International Auto Show this week.The premium compact sedan is priced between the Civic andAccord in Honda's passenger car lineup. Honda says it's the fifth electrified vehiclethe company has introduced over the last year. ...

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Toyota Adds New Versions of Corolla, Yaris

Toyota dealerships will see new versions of the popular Corollaand Yaris in their showrooms late summer as the carmaker unveiled the models Mondayat the New York Auto Show.Toyota will release the Corolla Hatchback (previously the CorollaIM) and the Yaris sedan (previously the Yaris IA), making both models availableas a sedan ...

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Is Toyota Bringing Back the Supra?

Toyota is reviving its legendary Supra model more than 15years after the car was taken out of production.The sporty GR Supra Racing Concept made its debut at theGeneva Motor Show in early March and the concept car is clearly aimed at ayounger audience. Most of those buyers know the car ...

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VehiclesTEST Reviews Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid sedan provides all-electric driving for most daily situations owners will love reduced fuel costs and ultra-low emissions. For longer trips, however, the hybrid gas powertrain eliminates range anxiety, so you can always fill up at a service station and be on your way.The Honda Clarity ...

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Honda Builds 25 Millionth Car in U.S.

A 2018 Honda Accord assembled at a plant in Ohio onWednesday became the 25 millionth car produced by Honda in the United States.The Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio produced the milestone Accordand to celebrate the occasion the car was painted in obsidian blue pearl. Theplant began production in 1982 as ...

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Toyota Unwraps Efficient New Engine

Toyota has unwrapped a host of new advancements for thePrius and Camry as the automaker continues the buildout of the Toyota New GlobalArchitecture (TNGA)Highlights include a 2.0-liter Dynamic Force engine forgasoline and hybrid vehicles, a variable automatic transmission, a six-speedmanual transmission and two new all-drive systems.Consumers will be excited about ...

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Toyota to Introduce Amazon Alexa in its Vehicles

Toyota announced it will introduce Amazon Alexa, Amazon's intelligent cloud based voice service, within select Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 in 2018. Additional models will be available in 2019. This feature will allow Toyota and Lexus customers in the ...

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Good Housekeeping Magazine Honors Accord, Odyssey

The all-new 2018 Honda Accord 1.5T and Odyssey have won Good Housekeeping's 2018 "Best New Car Awards," topping the sedan and minivan categories, respectively. The winners will appear in the February issue of Good Housekeeping.To watch the VehiclesTEST video road tests of the Accord and Odyssey, visit Advantage Honda and ...

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Honda Vehicles Rack Up Awards

Honda had four vehicles named "The Best Cars for the Money," by the publication U.S. News & World Report, the most of any automaker.The Honda Fit earned the honor for the fourth consecutive year, while the Honda HR-V won its category for the third year in a row. Honda won ...

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Toyota Forecasting Record Profits

Toyota Motor Corp. expects a record profit this year thanks to strong sales of the Camry and RAV4 plus the tax cuts passed by Congress last year.Toyota also raised its forecast for North American sales projecting it will sell 2.81 million vehicles, up from 2.79 million. In January Toyota had ...

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Is Honda Bringing Back the Passport?

Honda is expected to bring back the Passport and the model could be in dealerships as early as 2019, Automotive News reported.The report says the Passport will be inserted between the CR-V and Pilot. Dealers had been pressing Honda for a near-premium crossover, a segment that has been growing in ...

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New Toyota Avalon Set for Spring Debut

Toyota is rolling out a newly redesigned Avalon for 2019with a heavy emphasis on technology in the flagship model.The fifth-generation Avalon will feature Toyota-firsts AppleCarPlay and Dynamic Auxiliary Turn Signals as standard equipment. Toyota saysthe 2019 model received an all-encompassing makeover and production will startin the spring.Highlights from the Avalon ...

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Toyota's North America Production Tops 1.9 Million

Toyota Motor Corp. built more than 1.983 million vehicles in North America in 2017, crediting a stable overall economy and strong demand for trucks and SUVs.Toyota's production volume in 2017 decline compared 2016, when vehicle assembly plants turned out 2.1 million vehicles. Toyota has built nearly 32 million vehicles in ...

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2018 Honda Accord Earns Top Award

The Honda Accord was named the 2018 North American Car of the Year, marking the third consecutive year that a Honda model has won top honors.The Accords accolades come on top of North American Car of the Year award wins for the Honda Ridgeline (2017) and Honda Civic (2016). More ...

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Google: Video Road Test Drives Rank #1!

At the recent Digital Dealer convention in Las Vegas, Google gave a presentation to a packed house on what works well with online video. The #1 term car buyers enter is "Vehicle Test Drives," well ahead of vehicle walkarounds. This is why we encorage all Toyota and Honda dealers to ...

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