Toyota Motor Corp. has yet to build its first hybrid vehicle in North America, but it is already thinking about a second hybrid project for these shores.
A leading candidate: the Lexus RX 400h, according to the Wall Street Journal. Why? Because the automaker builds the Lexus RX in Cambridge, Ontario.
That's the logic Toyota used when it decided to produce a hybrid version of the Toyota Camry starting late next year at its plant in Georgetown, Ky. Toyota builds the standard Camry in Georgetown.
Meanwhile, Toyota's U.S. management still wants to see the popular Prius hybrid built in the United States. California state officials continue to push strongly for the project to be assigned to the GM-Toyota NUMMI joint-venture plant in Fremont.