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The man originally responsible for the Toyota Prius’ development has predicted the company’s global market share for hybrids will soon increase from 13-14 percent to 20 percent. “I foresee hybrid models pretty soon reaching 20 percent of global sales from about 13 percent to 14 percent now,” said Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada in an article […]

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Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada predicted yesterday that hybrid vehicles will play a larger role in the future development of automotive propulsion systems than widely recognized. Uchiyamada, in remarks before the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., said that hybrids retain key advantages that will continue to make them popular with consumers. “Some people say […]

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Have you ever found yourself wishing for a time machine to project a decade or longer into the future just to see how things turned out? For starters, we could settle whether Toyota is wise in sidestepping mass-market battery electric cars for now, or whether EV advocates are correct saying it’s misguided, excessively self-serving, too […]

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Yesterday, news agency Reuters published an article exploring the idea that electric cars could be “running out of juice again?” The article was spurred by comments done by industry insiders and by the 2012 hard sales data released during January. The authors are wondering – given that automotive executives across the world are seriously considering […]

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According to the The Nikkei [sub], Toyota “appears set to choose Vice Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada as its next chairman.” Uchiyamada used to be Toyota’s R&D Chief, and is celebrated as the “father of the Prius.” He was made Vice Chairman last year. If confirmed, he would replace the 75-year-old Fujio Cho. A Chairman at Toyota […]

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