Toyota to Make Fuel Economy Gauges Standard on All Cars, Trucks

Higher fuel prices in 2007 helped spur gains of 40 percent in sales of hybrids and 20 percent in subcompact cars such as Toyota's Yaris and Honda's Fit, according to Autodata Corp.

Published: 09-Jan-2008

Toyota Motor Corp., seeking to tap U.S. demand for more efficient vehicles, plans to provide gauges that show fuel economy as standard equipment on its cars and trucks.

The gauges, already used on its gasoline-electric models, will be added to other new and revamped Toyota, Lexus and Scion autos starting with the redesigned 4Runner sport-utility vehicle due in August 2009, Toyota's U.S. unit said on a company Web site. Nissan Motor Co. announced similar plans last August.

Hybrid owners are using the information to conserve fuel by altering how they drive and accelerating less aggressively, the Torrance, California-based unit said. Drivers ``could experience estimated improvements of from 5 percent to 10 percent in fuel economy,' the company said in a blog posting confirmed today by spokesman John Hanson.


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