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Lexus, Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Ford, Hybrid Cars
Oct 31, 2003 (10:53 am)
I think there is a difference in modeling your engine design after another, and just plain plunking it under the hood. After all, Ford (or maybe Mazda) did have to come up with the 4 cyl that accompanies it.
#108 of 126 Seeing as the RAV4 is going out of production
Oct 31, 2003 (11:01 am)
one hardly expects to see a hybrid version.
Oct 31, 2003 (1:49 pm)
Sure is easy to develop when you've already got a working, tried and tested model.
#110 of 126 RAV4 will be discontinued???
Oct 31, 2003 (1:56 pm)
Where'd you hear news of that? Wow, I was actually beginning to like the little Ute R' Us...;p
#111 of 126 I've been reading that the RAV4 will be discontinued around
Oct 31, 2003 (2:29 pm)
Edmunds for a while. Believe the more popular Highlander left it as a vehicle without a market.
Oct 31, 2003 (2:29 pm)
There's a rumor that Toyota will be replacing the RAV4 with a more truckish-looking concept that was shown a few months back. It had a futuristic Wrangler/Samurai look to it. I don't think it's been confirmed.
Toyota is expected the release a hybrid Highlander sometime in the near future. That vehicle isn't really that much different than the Escape. Also, Saturn is supposed to have a hybrid VUE sometime next year. Haven't heard much about it recently, though.
Nov 01, 2003 (9:18 am)
I think the winner of this race will be the first one to market with a hybrid Diesel. People talk 'hybrid' and 'Diesel' as though they are mutually exclusive. One is an electrical assist; the other is a kind of fuel. You can have both under the hood.
Nov 02, 2003 (9:57 pm)
Hello to all. I am hearing a lot about this Hybrid stuff coming from the Japanese. Namely, Toyota. I don't see what is so speacial about thier hybrid compared to others, like Honda. Am I wrong in saying that? I am very uneducated on Hybrids so I guess I could be wrong.
A Diesel Hybrid would be great.
Nov 03, 2003 (8:13 am)
delayed due to problems interfacing electronics between multiple suppliers - story in automotive news this week states they will be in production July 2004. This IS the Toyota hybrid system, but Ford will use its own engines and controllers - seems like RX400H might actually beat it to market, and the hybrid HL may not come after it by much either.
Toyota has been going back and forth as to just what it will do with the RAV after 2006. It seems inevitable that the HL will have to grow to compete properly with Pilot and the like. It also does not seem likely that Toyota will leave all its cute ute sales (quite substantial) in the hands of the new FJ, which is a two-door BOF trucklet. And now that it uses the same engine as the Camry, maybe it would not even be tht difficult to offer a hybrid RAV after they get the hybrid Camry rolling...