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Originally published January 5 2004

Toyota has vision while U.S. auto companies falter

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

Kudos to Toyota for pioneering the hybrid vehicle industry. While U.S. car companies were focused on outdated combustion engines, Japanese researchers saw the future and began building it. Now Ford is playing catch up, and Toyota is unlikely to let go of its technological lead. That's just one reason why my next car will be a hybrid made by Toyota.

If you think Japan is ahead on hybrid vehicles, just wait until robotics comes of age. Japan is at least ten years ahead of the U.S. on robotics development, and the future robotics industry -- which will dwarf the auto industry -- will be dominated by Japanese companies who will someday earn a generous reward for their vision. In the U.S., we seem to have no vision left, at least in Washington, where our strategy is to sue our most successful companies (like Microsoft) rather than supporting their global R&D efforts.

January 5, 2004 Toyota Stays on Hybrid Track The automaker will roll out a gasoline-electric SUV next year and hints that a Tundra pickup version will follow. Toyota Motor Corp. said Sunday that it would launch its third hybrid-powered vehicle in the U.S. by early next year and hinted strongly that a hybrid version of its full-size Tundra pickup is in the works. The company's newest hybrid will be a Highlander sport utility vehicle, Toyota said at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. By coupling the new electronics to the luxury SUV's standard 3.3-liter V-6, Toyota engineers were able to bump output to approximately 270 horsepower from 230.

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