Toyota Planning to Build Hybrid-Electric Camry in USA?

Although not officially confirmed, Yomiuri newspaper is reporting Toyota intends to export main auto parts, such as engines, from Japan and to assemble them at its plant in Kentucky

Published: 08-Jan-2005

TOKYO (AFX) - Toyota Motor Corp plans to produce Camry hybrid sedan cars in the US, the Yomiuri newspaper reported, without citing sources.

The automaker intends to export main auto parts, such as engines, from Japan and will assemble them at its plant in Kentucky, the Japanese daily reported.

Toyota Camry has been the top-selling car in the US for the third straight year, with output of some 420,000 vehicles last year, and this, along with spikes in crude oil prices, helped prompt the world's second-largest automaker to decide producing hybrid vehicles in US, the report said.


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