Toyota will offer hybrids across the lineup

According to the automakers president, Katsuaki Watanabe, Toyota hopes to offer a gasoline-hybrid of all the cars in its lineup in the long term.

“We hope to offer a hybrid version of each model in the 2020s,” Watanabe said at a press event last week in Geneva.

Toyota also told reporters that it has no plans to offer a diesel powered hybrid since it will be too expensive for consumers. The Japanese automaker is also said to be already working on a post lithium-ion solution.

The move will help Toyota reach its goal of selling 1 million hybrids annually sometimes during the 2010s. Last year the automaker increased its global hybrid sales to 429,000 from 312,000 in 2006. It has sold more than 1 million Prius hybrid cars since it was introduced in 1997.

Toyota plans on introducing its next-generation Prius at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.


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