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First Class-Action Lawsuit Against Toyota Over Pedal Recall

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Toyota has made some history these past few weeks, and we’re not talking about the good kind of history. Stuck in recall hell, today marks another day that the Japanese automaker makes history: Two law firms, Parker Waichman Alonso and the Becnel Law Firm, have teamed-up in a bid to present Toyota its first-ever class-action lawsuit.

The law firms hopes to attain class action status, which, according to them, is “intended to benefit all residents of the United States who purchased a Toyota vehicle of model years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and/or 2010 that is subject to the recalls.”

The lawsuit alleges that, as a result of these recalls, Toyota owners lost the use of their vehicles, and sustained, among things, economic losses and severe emotional distress. The complaint charges Toyota with breach of implied warranty and negligence, and seeks compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages for the Class, as well as equitable and declaratory relief.

Given that the Toyota Camry and Corolla have been two of the best selling cars in North America in the past decade, this lawsuit is bound to be huge. So far the automaker has recalled a total of 2.3 million vehicles in North America over defective pedals. Worldwide, the recall tallies up to 7.5 million vehicles.

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Next Lexus IS Might Use The Same BMW Engine As Supra

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Engineers are implanting a BMW heart into the Japanese sports sedan.

A new report coming out of Japan states that the next-generation Lexus IS will get the same BMW-sourced inline six-cylinder engine as new Toyota Supra.

According , the 3.0L V6, which produces 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque in the Supra, will be part of an engine lineup that also includes a 2.0L turbo, a 2.4L turbo, and/or a 2.5L hybrid powertrain depending on region.

It can also be found in the latest Z4 as well as the IS’s natural rival, the BMW M340i.

The next-generation IS is unlikely to change in size but will weigh less, topping the scale at approximately 3,395 lbs compared to the current IS’ 3,737 lbs.

Finally, the Japanese car magazine claims the IS F will make a return packing a variation of the in-house twin-turbo V6 found under the hood of the popular LS 500.

Lexus has not confirmed when the next-generation IS will debut, but there have been rumors that it could arrive in 2020.

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Toyota Kills The Prius C, Replaces It With Corolla Hybrid

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Buyers are encouraged to go for the new Corolla Hybrid instead.

Now that there is a hybrid version of the popular Corolla, Toyota figures it has one too many small hybrid vehicles in its lineup. It has quietly killed off the Prius C hybrid to give more breathing room for both the regular Prius and Corolla hybrid.

The Prius C debuted in 2011 as a smaller alternative to the Prius Liftback, but the Corolla Hybrid is bigger and more efficient, matching the standard Prius’s 52-mpg combined rating in the United States compared to the Prius C’s 46-mpg combined rating.

“You’re probably not going to see Prius C for long,” Toyota marketing vice president Ed Laukes told . “The Prius C has served its purpose well.”

The fuel-sipping Corolla is intended to maximize sales of Toyota’s hybrid powertrain platform by appealing to a broader group of customers who may be put off by the Prius’ polarizing looks but still want extremely good fuel efficiency.

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Subaru WRX STI S209 Is The Most Powerful Subaru Ever

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New Subaru-WRX STI S209 Sports Car

The long-rumored, limited edition Subaru WRX STI S209 is here, and it’s the most powerful car ever built by Subaru.

Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto SHow, the S209 transcends the standard WRX STI in power, aerodynamics, and handling. Engineers reworked Subaru’s 2.5-liter boxer engine, giving it a larger HKS turbocharger that increases boost pressure from 16.2 psi to 18.0 psi and stronger yet lighter pistons and connecting rods.

The result? A significant boost in power from 300 horsepower to 341 horsepower, while midrange torque jumps by 10 percent at 3,600 rpm. All that power is sent to the four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

Inspired by the the WRX STI Nürburgring Challenge racecar, the WRX STI S209 looks the part with wider fenders, front canards and a large rear wing. Handling benefits from a revised chassis and suspension, a flexible strut tower bar and tensioned draw stiffeners, along with 19×9-inch forged BBS alloy wheels covered in sticky Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires.

The Subaru WRX STI S209 will be available exclusively in the US market, and only 200 units will be manufactured. You will be able to choose from two color combinations: WR Blue Pearl with gray wheels and Crystal White Pearl with gold wheels.

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