Scion Goes Small-Batch with the tC Release Series 9.0

Toyota cranks the aesthetics to 11 to appeal to the youths.

People always love to joke that young kids can be appealed to by putting something flashy and loud in front of their faces. As old as that trope might be (it also applies to cats, dogs, and babies), Toyota seems to think it's got a solid basis in reality. That's why its youth-centric offshoot, Scion, is releasing yet another limited-edition vehicle that keeps the engine untouched while sending the aesthetics from silent to violent.

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The 2015 Toyota Avalon Gains a Trim Level and New Equipment

Toyota's quasi-Lexus gets sporty for the next model year.

The Toyota Avalon is not the most popular Toyota, but it's got plenty going for it. The Avalon is a V-6-powered, front-wheel-drive full-size sedan with a focus on comfort and value. It's practically a Lexus, but by sticking within the Toyota badge, it gives that brand a halo car of its own. Now, it's time for the MY2015 version to roll out, and Toyota saw fit to inject a little bit of sporty attitude into an otherwise serious car.

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5 Reasons to Choose a Hybrid Over a Diesel

Electrification confers some serious benefits.

Diesels, gas-electric hybrids, electric cars ... when it comes to saving money at the pump (or at the plug), there are more ways than ever to accomplish this. Of course, with variety comes responsibility - namely, the responsibility to do your due diligence before settling on a new car. More options mean more research, and all of a sudden, it might be hard to figure out whether you need a hybrid or a diesel. Hybrids are the new kids on the block, but they're certainly coming out swinging.

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The R8 Competition is the Most Powerful Audi to Date

The gap between race cars and road cars gets a little smaller.

Audi's slated to release a new R8 upon the masses very soon, but the German automaker isn't done with the old one just yet. Case in point: The 2015 Audi R8 Competition, which we'll see in the flesh for the first time at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show. Audi pulled from its race-car idea bin to give the R8 Competition a look (and a power output) that differentiates it from the standard R8 V-10. The result is the most powerful production Audi to date.

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Chrysler Goes International

New ad campaign positions Chrysler as a world-class brand.

A new marketing campaign, titled "Ready to Take on the World," is seeking to change Chrysler's brand image from troubled American automaker to first-class international marque. The campaign alludes to various automotive stereotypes - Swedish, German, Japanese - but is most notable for the one country it omits any mention of the good ol' U. S. of A.

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Pickups Up, Hybrids Down As Gas Prices Stabilize

Car buyers might not value MPG as much as they say.

When asked to name the most important factor when choosing a car, the average consumer will say gas mileage (it's the number-one factor for 80% of consumers, according to one study), but if this were true there would be far more small cars, not to mention hybrids and electrics, on the road. According to a study by automotive pricing website TrueCar, hybrid sales are dependent on gas prices, but not in any way that makes sense.

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