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Inaccurate Reports of Future Prius Recall

Toyota Responds to Inaccurate Reports of Future Prius Recall for Floormat Entrapment Media reports, citing a Wall Street Journal article, have incorrectly reported that Toyota plans to announce a new recall for the 2004-2009 Prius to address the potential risk for floor mat entrapment of accelerator pedals. There is no new recall being planned for the Prius to address this issue.  To be clear, the 2004-2009 Prius was part of Toyota’s November 2, 2009 announcement of a voluntary safety recall campaign to address floor mat entrapment in certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

2007 Toyota Matrix, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

2007 Toyota Matrix – Road Test

The Toyota Matrix and the Pontiac Vibe are built side by side at Toyota’s plant in Cambridge Ontario, and share everything but the name and a few cosmetic details such as the front nose treatment. So for this Road Test, it would be safe to say that except for minor details, we’re actually testing two vehicles this week. Toyota and General Motors have worked together in the past on such memorable cars as the mid-”80s Corolla and Chevy Nova. Thankfully this co-branding project has yielded a much more attractive car than those dogs, where GM”s bean counters obviously had too much input. I had a friend that owned one of those junkers, and let’s just say a Lada would have been a better choice. One can only assume the advantage to Toyota is the shared cost of designing and building these twins, as the General certainly gets the better end of the deal. Instead of using their usual 12-18-year time frame between model changes, GM are going to be getting a new Vibe every 4 …

Should I trade in my SUV for an economy car, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

2006 Ford Focus SES with GFX Package – Road Test

The Ford Focus has been around since 2000, coming out as a 2001 model. It’s had a minor re-working over the past few years, but by and large it’s still pretty much the same Focus that arrived in 2000. For some reason Ford has left us with the first-generation model here in North America while Europe has moved on to a second-generation that I think is much better looking. Anyone that’s been to a Champ Car race over the past couple of years would have seen a V-8 version of the Focus running around the track between events … I’m sure though that most people would have been happier if Ford had just stuffed a V-6 into the engine bay and sold it to the general population instead of showing us a one-off that we’ll never get the option of purchasing.