Automakers Unveil Plans for More Hybrid Models

Number of fuel-efficient hybrid models available in the United States will more than double in 2004

Published: 06-Jan-2004

OIT, Jan. 5 - The number of fuel-efficient hybrid models available in the United States will more than double in the next year, to seven from three, with new entries coming from Toyota, Honda and Ford Motor.

Two of the new vehicles were announced at the North American International Auto Show - one of the auto industry's most important annual product previews - which opened here Sunday for the news media.

But the news from Japanese automakers was hardly all green. They are redoubling their efforts to take on the Big Three in the market for pickup trucks. Toyota, for example, unveiled a gigantic pickup truck prototype, called the FTX.

The truck, which Toyota said it modeled after a clenched fist, appears to be its answer to the biggest offerings from United States automakers as well as to Nissan's burly new Titan pickup. Nissan also showed a new version of its compact Frontier truck.

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