Japanese Automakers Woo US Consumers with Hybrids

J.D. Power estimates total sales of hybrid cars in the U.S. will top 100,000 in 2004

Published: 08-Jan-2004

DETROIT (Reuters) - Imagine a powerful, stylish sport utility vehicle that can go from California to Florida and produce less smog-forming emissions than a can of air freshener.

Dream on? Think again, Toyota Motor Corp. says.

At the Detroit auto show this week, Japan's top auto maker said it would roll out at least two new gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in the United States over the next year, hoping to emulate the success of its new Prius sedan, voted North American Car of the Year this week.

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