Toyota to Produce Flexible-Fuel Hybrid Vehicle in Brazil

Economy

Sao Paulo, Dec. 14 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> has said it will launch the production of the world's first flexible-fuel hybrid vehicle in Brazil at the end of next year.

The model can be powered by both gasoline and ethanol, in combination with an electric powertrain.

In Brazil, ethanol is produced from sugar canes harvested in the country. Because sugar canes absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, fuel using ethanol is said to be more effective in cutting CO2 emissions than gasoline.

Steve St. Angelo, head of Toyota's operations in Latin America, stressed that the flexible-fuel hybrid is the world's cleanest hybrid.

Since March, Toyota has been conducting flexible-fuel hybrid tests in Brazil using its Prius gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle.

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