Today's Cars Are Dinosaurs, Says Toyota's Watanbe

Cars will be running on hydrogen fuel cells and other substitutes for petrol and diesel within 15 years.

Published: 10-Jun-2005

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The Irish Times, 8 June 2005 - Today's cars will be regarded as "dinosaurs" by 2020, according to a leading Japanese motor company executive.

Cars will be running on hydrogen fuel cells and other substitutes for petrol and diesel within 15 years, Hiroyuki Watanabe, senior managing director of Toyota, told a recent symposium of European, Japanese and other Asian journalists in Nagoya, Japan.

Toyota already produces the world's best-selling hybrid car, the Prius, which is powered by a normal 1.5-litre engine and an electric motor, making it "greener" than any standard car on the market.

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