High time for hybrids

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* Toyota Motor Corp. expects to produce 1 million hybrid gas-electric vehicles annually by 2010, President Fujio Cho says. That's a drastic jump from 56,419 in North American Prius sales in 2004.

* Prius captured the European Car of the Year award in 2005. Prius also won the 2004 North American Car of the Year award at the North American International Auto Show. The awards recognize automotive excellence and innovation.

* In addition to the Prius, other hybrids this year will include Toyota Highlander; Lexus RX400h; Honda Accord, Civic and Insight; and Ford Escape.

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