Japanese Automakers Extend Lead in Hybrid Sales

200,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs could disappear by 2009 if Japan continues its stronghold on hybrid component manufacturing.

Published: 02-Jan-2005

Japanese automakers have opened up a wide lead over the domestic Big Three in producing gasoline-electric hybrids, those fuel-efficient vehicles that are growing in popularity.

Certainly state policymakers would like to see domestic automakers step up to the plate by offering more hybrids and assembling them in Michigan, and Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm has said so.

But a key element in giving Michigan a shot at building hybrid cars and trucks is to capture more manufacturing of the critical hybrid powertrain components.

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