DETROIT -- Toyota Motor Corp. is calling for a collaborative effort involving automakers, government and energy companies to bring energy-efficient vehicles to market as soon as possible.
Yoshi Inaba, president of Toyota Motor North America Inc., told the Automotive News World Congress last week that Toyota will lead the effort.
"We must combine our efforts and work together to move forward as an industry," Inaba said.
He said Toyota will:
-- Improve fuel economy on conventional internal combustion engines.
-- Sell 1 million hybrids per year this decade.
-- Offer a plug-in hybrid to consumers in two years.
-- Sell an electric car by 2012.
-- Sell fuel cell hybrids by 2015.
"Rather than putting all of our eggs in one technology basket, we are developing a wide array of advanced technologies with energy-enhancing hybrid systems at their core," Inaba said.
Toyota also is stepping up its new products. This year Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is getting 10 new or redesigned vehicles, including two for Scion and the Lexus LFA, a luxury supercar.