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    Truth vs. Perception: How Electrified Are Toyota Hybrids?

    The new THS-II is essentially a series hybrid in cities. The ICE turns on and work in short bursts to charge the battery and then turns off (the more efficient way). Older generations work more in blended mode which means less time in EV mode.
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    New Solid-State Battery Developed for Lexus Electric Vehicles

    I just posted about "how electrified are Toyota HEVs" in the Garage section: https://lexusenthusiast.com/forums/threads/truth-vs-perception-how-electrified-are-toyota-hybrids.5320/ People who deny hybridization as electrification clearly never drove a hybrid.
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    Truth vs. Perception: How Electrified Are Toyota Hybrids?

    This video answers the question from one perspective: Toyota RAV4 2.5l Hybrid (2019): fuel consumption (economy) in city (real-life test) Below are the numbers over a typical urban commute drive cycle. Distance travelled: 19 km (11.8 mi) Avg. Spd: 25 km/h (15.5 mph) Avg. Fuel Consumption: 4.1...
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    New Solid-State Battery Developed for Lexus Electric Vehicles

    We should all learn to ignore what TSLA investors have to say, because they are making a seriously bad life choice trying to fight the inevitable short all the big players are planning against Tesla. Bad journalism is the least of their problems.
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    2019 Toyota Corolla Thread (Hatch & Sedan) Updated

    While USDM Toyotas are going with the industrial trend of forcing higher prices onto consumers (ahem $40k RAV4), ChDM Toyotas show the true cost-cutting power of TNGA. All new TNGA models are very affordable and without being actual cheap shitboxes like Nissans.
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    2019 Toyota Corolla Thread (Hatch & Sedan) Updated

    GAC-Toyota Levin pricing unveiled. Trim levels are translated into their U.S. equivalents. 185T has the 1.2L turbo engine. No MT option is offered, although the CVT does have the launch gear (unlike the 1.8L USDM model). The "Tech" trim has a unique infotainment package (yes, a $20k Corolla will...
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    Toyota and Subaru co-developing an EV platform

    I don't understand the 'Subaru AWD technology' part. It's not like they are going to use the symmetrical AWD system for a BEV. It's just an extra motor in the rear. There are benefits to a mechanical AWD system based on a single motor, but the industry all use a dual motor configuration for a...
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    Toyota 2019 sales in China

    You guys were looking at used car sales... FYI #1 is Ford Focus. Used car market is relatively small in China so it doesn't reflect popularity of cars by any means. @flexus FAW has given up on the Crown and they explicitly said the Avalon will be new flagship. However production of current gen...
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    46th (2019) Tokyo Motor Show

    Do you mean a hydrogen-powered ICE hybrid or a FC-EV hybrid? The former makes zero sense because the specific output will be very poor. BMW tried before and they made just over 200hp from a 6.0L V12. The reason is that hydrogen ICEs need to run a ridiculously high AFR (over 60:1) to avoid NOx...
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    Lexus Sales In China 2019

    16,395 sold in May, so U.S. sales is still ~50% larger. April should be an exception not rule at least in the short term. Anyone know how to get model-by-model breakdown on chinese media outlets? It has been so hard to get those numbers since January. The ES now consistently outsells the A6L...
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    New BMW 1-series

    Because you know...China. We should all see this coming when they built that FF 1-series sedan. They just chopped off the trunk. And People buy tens of thousands of these, with an Inline-3, a month. Oh, and they come with LWB (facepalm).
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    Third Generation Toyota Tundra Master Thread

    30MPG is indeed questionable considering the same powertrain with a less hungry ICE only managed 28MPG on the much sleeker and lighter LC500h.
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    Toyota 2019 sales in China

    April wholesale figures. The format is given by [ranking within the brand] [rank in the overall market] [Model] [JV Partner] [Sales] [Y2Y] 1. (2) Corolla (F) 30,403 +32.9% 2. (17) Levin (G) 15,077 -3.2% 3. (19) Camry (G) 14,079 +21.5% 4. (37) RAV4 (F) 11,150 -5.0% 5. (61) Highlander (G) 7,502...
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    46th (2019) Tokyo Motor Show

    The Alvell has a 1.9m height and 1.4m cabin height since it is widely used as a mobility vehicle in Japan. Yes 1.8m vans like the Estima can also provide wheelchair access but that 10cm extra makes a lot of difference to ease of access hence the Alvell's popularity for this use. The Sienna has...
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    Realistic, Real Life Viability of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

    This is pretty much consistent with my experience of owning a PHEV and driving numerous rental BEVs. I also have many friends who used to own BEVs and share the same story. Only thing I would add is that a BEV can retain its capacity for hundreds of thousands of miles, namely by restricting...
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    46th (2019) Tokyo Motor Show

    With the premium minivan market becoming increasingly competitive, I doubt Toyota will be able to continue commanding a huge premium for the Alphard and Vellfire, especially with the LM now sitting at the top of the pecking order. That makes me wonder whether the Vellfire is just a stop gap...
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    Toyota 2019 sales in China

    It's not just Mazda that is failing hard. The market is getting increasingly polarized due to the market crash. It's Toyota that's doing unexpectedly well. Nissan remains flat because they sell nothing but cheap shitboxes. Honda's growth is more of a recovery from the Oil Gate debacle than true...
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    The Lexus Minivan Thread (LM debuts in Shanghai on 4/16)

    I was referring to when the Civic and Camry first hit market, the premium was really high. Also the side crash test debacle didn't seem to affect Civic sales as badly as the Oil Gate had on the CR-V. The premium on Alphards depends on where you live. In Guangdong the markup is usually higher...
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    46th (2019) Tokyo Motor Show

    But where do they put the hydrogen tanks in the new Mirai?
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    The Lexus Minivan Thread (LM debuts in Shanghai on 4/16)

    Short answer: car makers don't have restrictions on markups and car prices are not regulated by the government. When the regular public are willing to pay 10% for a Civic or a Camry it completely makes sense the rich people can pay 50% for a luxury car. When a license plate costs over $15k a...
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