Watanabe: Toyota has no plans for a diesel-hybrid

Toyota has no plans to market diesel-hybrid cars, according to the automakers president. Watanabe said that diesel hybrids will be to expensive for customers.

“Technologically, a passenger car with a diesel hybrid is feasible for us since we already have a truck in Japan with a diesel hybrid.” Watanabe said. “But a diesel hybrid car would cost more than a gasoline hybrid. Today we have no plans to introduce a diesel hybrid.”

Toyota plans on introducing its next generation Prius at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. According to a recent report by Japan”s Nikkan Kogyo, Toyota is already working on a post-lithium ion solution. Goals are to produce a battery that can run 50 miles on a single charge. Toyota hopes to integrate the battery in its cars by 2020.


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