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Like it or not, the Prius is one of the most successful cars ever launched by Toyota . Looking to capitalize on this, the Japanese automaker might bring two new models to market that will carry the Prius name for 2012.

Sources at Toyota told the Wall Street Journal that the company would bring two all-new models to the United States that carry the Prius name, one smaller than the current version and one larger.

The smaller model will be around the size of the Yaris and will boast outstanding fuel economy thanks to a smaller gasoline motor. The larger variant might be a sport-utility-type vehicle, according to the sources. We aren’t sure what it will be based off of or the size of it, but we will keep you informed when we get more information.

We are expecting the new plug-in Prius to arrive in 2012. It will be able to travel 13 miles on its batteries alone, before the hybrid drivetrain fires up.

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Scion is an interesting story to say the least. The youth-oriented brand was supposed to attack the younger generation, but that didn’t work out too well. Now older customers are moving in and they are buying up cars like the xB and thexD in mass numbers. Now, Canadian elders can have the same privilege. Eh?

The first markets to receive these vehicles will be Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Scion dealerships will spring up in these cities, 45 in total. Toyota hopes that the brand will eventually catch on in Canada and as it does, more dealerships will rise from the ground in other cities.

So, thanks to Scion, Canadians can now buy those quirky machines instead of the overall bland lineup from Toyota. Well, there not that bad, but you get the point. For a full list of the 45 dealers, visit ScionNation.ca/scion/dealers. Every model will be offered to our neighbors.

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During our drive of the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee , we overheard many shoppers commenting about a need for four-wheel drive in their vehicles. Now, let’s be honest for a moment. Most of these moms and dads will never use the abilities of a four-wheel drive machine. The parking lot at the local grocery store doesn’t have rocks that you need to scale in order to get into the parking lot or deep lakes in front of the door.

Yet, there are those who do use these machines the way they are supposed to be used. A real four-wheel drive machine can do so much in the rough stuff that it’s hard to be stopped. Crossovers and luxury SUVs – besides the Range Rover – would be left for dead.

When looking at the top ten vehicles that have wonderful off-road abilities we first need to find ten of them. It was actually quite a task to find ten vehicles like this. It seems the days of the big off-road SUV are in the past. When we managed to locate them, we looked at build quality, off-road ability, on-road ability, style, comfort, and power.

Hit the jump to see the list.

While the US market is still waiting for the Scion iQ to go on sale, the Europeans are already receiving an updated version of the Toyota iQ which will be revealed at the Paris Auto Show. But don’t expect big changes; Toyota decided that the only thing needed to be improved was the interior.

A new gray interior has been introduced, with contrasting black upper trims on the doors and toning fabric upholstery. The new cabin color-way is available with Eclipse Black, Pearl White, Island Blue, and Tyrol Silver exterior finishes, while the established plum interior will continue to be offered with Deep Amethyst, Chilli Red and Decuma Grey.

New soft-touch materials have been introduced and the “manta ray” motif panels on the door and center console adopt a new black finish. A scarlet surround has been added to the center console, toning with contrasting red stitching on the black leather steering wheel.

Press release after the jump.

It seems that Toyota has big plans for the future. Not only will the Japanese company be bringing out their new FT-86 sport coupe, developed with Subaru, but they will also be coming out with new versions of the Camry, Yaris, Tacoma , and RAV4 in the next 18 months. Somewhere further in the future, Toyota will also be developing a coupe and even a pick-up version of the Prius . The Prius? Say what?!

Based on the same platform as the current Prius, the coupe version will feature more dramatic styling and will compete with models like the Honda CR-Z. Toyota Toyota has already conducted a design competition involving the company’s four global design studios and a couple of outside coachbuilders. The official debut is expected for 2012.

As for the pick-up version, this might be a production version of the A-BAT concept, and will be sold in both Toyota and Scion versions. The Toyota version will be based on the Prius, making it more of a parcel carrier than a cargo hauler. This new model will be built in USA because importing it will cost too much. Toyota also has plans for a Prius wagon, but it will not be coming to America.

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Americans hate Toyota and they will never buy any of their cars again after all those lies, right? Absolutely not. This may be what some people would like everyone to think, but the truth of the matter is that, according to a consumer driven study developed by Intellichoice and AutoPacific, Toyota is at the top of the 2010 Motorist Choice Awards. Toyota and Lexus vehicles won nine out of the 30 available awards.

In its fifth year, the study gave awards to the Toyota Prius, Lexus RX Hybri d, Lexus IS , Toyota Sequoia ,Toyota Sienna, Toyota Yaris and theLexus LS . Over 42,000 people where pooled.

"From an emotional standpoint these awards are a reflection of how cars fit into people’s daily lives, the tasks they fulfill on a day-to-day basis and the image people have of their vehicles," says Charlie Vogelheim, Executive Editor of IntelliChoice.

The Motorist Choice Awards ranks cars by concepts, such as High Tech, Fun to Drive, and Value Car. Each different category was then broken down into Popular Brand and Premium Brand.

Other winners include the Audi A6, Volvo C30, and the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.

Hit the jump to see all the winners and the press release.

The 2011 Toyota Highlander is here and the Japanese company has upgraded this year’s model with new exterior styling, new technologies, an improved interior, and updated engines. The 2011 Highlander will be offered in Base, SE, and Limited grades in both two-wheel (2WD) and full-time four-wheel-drive (4WD). Prices for Highlander will begin at $27,390 for the base four-cylinder two-wheel drive model; $33,150 for the SE V6 two-wheel drive, and $36,345 for the Limited V6 four wheel-drive model.

The 2011 Highlander looks like much better than the old model. This year, the Highlander will get a new front fascia, hood and fenders, redesigned headlights and tail lamps, and newly designed wheels to bump up the benefits in the look s department. New technologies will include a backup monitor with 3.5-inch multi-information display, an eight-way power drivers seat, tonneau cover, engine immobilizer, easy-clean fabric interior, flip-up liftgate window, fog lamps, and black roof rails.

Under the hood there will be a choice of a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 187 HP or a 3.5-liter V6 with 270 HP.

Press release after the jump.

For the longest time, Lotus has been sourcing its power plants from Toyota and recently, the Proton-owned manufacturer gave Toyota boss Akio Toyoda a little token for a partnership that has successfully lasted for years.

Okay, it’s not so much a little token as it is a new car, and a pretty special one at that. Lotus CEO Danny Bahar recently flew to Japan to personally hand over the keys of a brand new Lotus Elise . What’s more, this particular Elise actually comes with the last Toyota-sourced 2ZZ-GE VVTL-I engine to come in a Lotus.

"The presentation of Toyota’s last 2ZZ engine in the Elise is a symbolic gesture of our continued respect and deep appreciation for our partner not only acknowledging our past but also looking forward to our future together," said the Lotus CEO.

The partnership between Lotus and Toyota looks to be stronger than ever with the former bringing a few of its Toyota-powered models – the new Evora S and IPS models - to the Paris Motor Show.

For Toyota’s part, the alliance with Lotus allows the Japanese manufacturer to stamp its imprint on a brand that it thinks pretty highly of. “A Toyota engine in a Lotus car creates a completely unique drive feeling,” said Toyoda.

“It creates a special blend featuring the best of Lotus and Toyota that we hope many car lovers continue to experience and enjoy."

We already know that Toyota will be unveiling an all-electric version of the RAV4 and a plug-in Prius in 2012, but Toyota isn’t done with their announcements just yet. The Japanese company says it will also be introducing six new gasoline-electric hybrid models globally by the end of 2012.

The electricRAV4 will be developed in cooperation with Tesla. The decision has been made in order to take advantage of Tesla’s better battery technology that uses many small cells of lithium-ion batteries similar to those in a laptop computer, but also in order to learn from Tesla how to develop products faster.

And after testing the technology, Toyota will bring new vehicles based on the proven technology of mating a battery pack with a gas engine. Of the six new gas-electric hybrids it plans to introduce in the next 28 months, three will be only hybrids and three will be hybrid versions of models that will also be sold with gas-only engines.

Source: Freep

Toyota has revealed today details on the 2011 Avalon, a model that comes with a distinctive new exterior style and a restyled interior rich with premium touch points and practical new technologies. For 2011, Avalon will be offered in two grades, Avalon and Avalon Limited.

The exterior gets a wider, more substantial grille, new headlamps, which combine multi-reflector halogen high beams with halogen or HID low beams and front fog lamps integrated into a trapezoidal front bumper. The interior also gets a new instrument panel and the steering wheel provides fingertip controls for Bluetooth hands-free phones, the audio system, climate control system and the vehicle information center.

Under the hood there is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 HP at 6,200 rpm. For 2011, Avalon’s EPA ratings improve to 20 MPG in the city 29 MPG highway (compared to 19/28 before).

The 2011 Avalon comes equipped with leather-trimmed interior, eight-way power driver’s seat, back-up camera, dual zone automatic climate control with air filtration, moonroof and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Press release after the jump.

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