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Toyota Hints at a New and Very Different Plug-In Prius

New Features in the 2016 Toyota Prius Prime

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Toyota recently introduced its 2016 Prius model, featuring an upgraded lithium battery and improved mpg. The Toyota team also welcomed a new hybrid to the family, The Prius Prime, a plug-in model that utilizes the best of its siblings’ technologies with the ability to recharge the battery. Read the rest of this entry »

Why You Should Consider a Prius for Your Next Car

Here’s What’s New in the 2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid

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When Toyota introduced the Prius in 2000, it became the car of choice for environmentally conscious drivers (not to mention fashion-forward celebrities at the time). Not everyone was impressed, though, especially with the early models’ handling and interior design. Fortunately, Toyota got the memo, and the company’s engineers have worked tirelessly to up their game and create stunning changes. The result? The 2016 Prius retains its well-deserved reputation for fuel efficiency, but the overall design is much more stylish and functional. Let’s take a peak under the hood.

Still Best in Fuel Efficiency
The Toyota Prius beats all other hybrid cars with its overall rating of 52 mpg. This is a combination of 58 mpg city driving and 53 mpg highway driving. The Prius can run solely on electric power up to 45 mph – great for city driving. The new lithium-ion battery pack is smaller and lighter than the nickel version used in older models; this improvement boosts fuel efficiency.

New Engineering Insights
Toyota modified the Prius gasoline engine so it’s quieter but retains power. The continuously variable transmission system changes speeds on a continuum rather than through fixed gears to get better fuel economy. The redesigned 2016 model offers the latest frontal-collision and pedestrian-protection systems, available as upgrades.

Better Interior
The interior is quieter and more stylish with soft-touch surfaces, chrome, and a colorful digital display. The sedan comfortably seats four, although you can squeeze in five. Starting at $25,035, the 2016 Prius is fun to drive, easy on the wallet, and great for the environment. Even better: hybrid repair costs are typically lower than traditional gas car repair costs.

Need Auto Body Repair for Your Hybrid or Gas Vehicle?

The Shattuck Auto team provides auto repair services for many Bay Area Prius drivers. We’re highly trained in hybrid auto repair and have see more and more hybrids in our shop each year. Give us a call at 510-848-6281 or contact us online to schedule an appointment!

Style, Sport, and MPG. East Bay Auto Body Looks at Top 5 Daily Drivers for 2016

Auto Body Shop Discusses 5 Top New Cars for Bay Area Commuters

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2016 is here, and the new models are already on the lot. Here are five of the best cars available this year, as determined by an East Bay auto body shop. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Fastest Toyota Cars of All Time

Continual Improvement Shows in Lack of Regular Need for Toyota Repair

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As an experienced Toyota auto body shop, we can attest to both the speed and durability of the models that the Japanese automaker produces. Perhaps it’s Toyota’s commitment to what company executives call “kaizen” (or never ending improvement) that accounts for the brand’s dependability and grace under pressure. Notwithstanding Toyota’s accelerator pedal glitch (and subsequent recall) several years ago, the automaker has amassed an impressive record for developing winning cars on the track and on the road. Below, we’ve cataloged ten of the fastest vehicles Toyota has ever released, ranked according to how quickly they can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. Of course modifications and vehicle condition make a big difference. Read the rest of this entry »

Auto Body Shop Talk: Top 4 Hybrid and Electric Vehicles for 2015

Top Rated Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Becoming More Common in Auto Body Shops

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Eco-friendly and cost-effective, hybrid and electric vehicles become more popular every year. Here are some of top rated models available in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Self-Driving Cars’ Impact on the Future Safety of Roadways

Berkeley Auto Body Shop Discusses Robocar Reality

Autonomous Car Heads Into East Bay Auto Painting CenterSelf-driving cars made a fictional appearance in the 2004 movie interpretation of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot, where they were just one aspect of a technology that had gone too far in relieving humans of responsibility. Asimov penned his I, Robot series to take place in 2015. And in 2015, it’s come to this: auto manufacturers are expecting to market self-driving cars within not decades, but a few years. Volkswagen, Mercedes–Benz, Delphi, Tesla, Bosch, Nissan, and Google have been authorized by the California DMV to test driverless cars on our public roads. Read the rest of this entry »

Self-Driving Cars And Auto Safety

Reducing Auto Collisions With Self-Driving Cars

Auto Safety and TechnologyAfter receiving the state of California’s endorsement, Audi has begun testing self-driving cars on public roadways. Shortly after the company’s announcement, some residents welcomed the innovation while others shunned the idea and posed safety concerns. Regardless of popular opinion, self-driving cars could be here to stay. Read the rest of this entry »

East Bay Auto Repair Shop Reviews 5 Top-Ranked Hybrid Cars

Our East Bay auto body shop works with a lot of clients who want to conserve fuel and protect the environment. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of 5 exciting hybrid cars. Top features to watch for with hybrid cars: EPA mileage estimates, safety ratings, and customer testimonials.

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The Future of Automotive Manufacturing

New Technologies Bring Lighter Materials, Such As Boron and High-Strength Steel Welders

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Advances in new materials and technologies in the auto industry are constantly evolving. Companies like General Motors and Honda are developing powerful new lightweight materials, made of boron and high-strength steel, which could transform auto manufacturing in diverse and positive ways. Read the rest of this entry »

Natural Gas Cars vs. Electric Cars: Policy Implications

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Early after his inauguration in 2008, President Barack Obama launched a passion-fueled initiative to put 1 million electric cars on America’s roads by 2015; this initiative promised to siphon $5 billion of infrastructure and investment money into the plug-in vehicle experiment. Read the rest of this entry »