TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. plans to double global production of its gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles to 500,000 units next year, the Asahi Shimbun daily reported on Tuesday.
The world's second-biggest automaker aims to meet strong demand in North America for the fuel-sipping vehicles, available through the Prius sedan and the Lexus RX 400h SUV -- sold as the Toyota Harrier hybrid in Japan -- boosting production from this year's 250,000 units, the paper said.
A Toyota spokeswoman said no decision had been made on next year's specific production plans for hybrid vehicles.
Toyota plans to build 180,000 Prius cars this year, and is targeting combined annual output of 62,000 RX 400h and Toyota Highlander hybrid cars, both launched earlier this year.
Toyota had initially set a goal of selling 300,000 hybrid vehicles annually by this year or next, and has said it aimed to boost that to 1 million units as soon as possible.
It said in May it would produce a hybrid version of the high-volume Camry sedan at its assembly plant in Georgetown, Ky., starting late next year.