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.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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