Toyota to Start Building Hybrids in USA in 2006

Honda also considering similar move, while Nissan announces it too will build hybrids here starting in 2006

Published: 14-Jan-2005

OIT (Kyodo) Toyota Motor Corp. will start producing its hybrid car models in the United States in 2006, Toyota President Fujio Cho said here Tuesday.

During a news conference at the 2005 North American International Auto Show, Cho said details of the hybrid production plan, including the types of cars and production sites, will be decided in the first half of this year.

Honda Motor Co. President Takeo Fukui told a separate news conference in Detroit that the automaker will consider hybrid car production in the U.S.

Honda will decide which models to produce in the country based on demand by the end of 2006, with an eye to studying the possibility of manufacturing hybrid sport utility vehicles, Honda officials said.


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.

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