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AUTOSHOW-Toyota says plans global electric car launch
January 12, 2009 / 2:50 PM / 9 years ago

AUTOSHOW-Toyota says plans global electric car launch

DETROIT, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) is planning to roll out its pure electric car based on the FT-EV concept unveiled this week in Japan, Europe and the United States by 2012, a top executive said on Monday.

Toyota, the world’s biggest automaker, had announced ahead of the Detroit auto show that it would launch an all-electric car for city commuting in the United States but had not mentioned the other regions.

“We think it would be appropriate for congested, short-distance driving in urban areas,” Masatami Takimoto, executive vice president of research and development, told a small group of reporters on the sidelines of the auto show. (Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim, editing by Peter Bohan)

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