Toyota's gasoline-electric hybrid, the Prius, will be replaced this year by a larger, faster and greener model.
The Japanese automaker hopes those attributes will help Prius make some inroads into Europe's diesel-dominated markets.
Although the Prius has done well in Japan and is finding a footing in the United States, it has not sold well in Europe. Toyota has sold 115,000 Pri-uses worldwide since the car debuted in 1997, but only 4,000 in Europe.
The redesigned Prius, which debuted at the New York auto show last month, will begin arriving in major world markets this fall. A five-door hatchback that has the interior space of a mid-sized sedan, it is 5 inches longer than the current car and has a 6-inch longer wheelbase.
With increased electric power and a more powerful gasoline engine than the first Prius, Toyota says the redesigned model will reach 60 mph in about 10 seconds.
Despite the size and power boost, Toyota says the redesigned Prius also is more fuel efficient and cleaner than its predecessor.