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Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi poses in front of a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi poses in front of a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi poses in front of a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi speaks during an interview with Reuters at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi speaks during an interview with Reuters at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi speaks during an interview with Reuters at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi looks at the surface of a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi looks at the surface of a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi looks at the surface of a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi speaks in front of a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 during an interview with Reuters at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi speaks in front of a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 during an interview with Reuters at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi speaks in front of a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 during an interview with Reuters at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi looks at vehicles (from L-R) Auris, a clay model of concept vehicle NS4, and luxury brand Lexus, inside a decision room at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi looks at vehicles (from L-R) Auris, a clay model of concept vehicle NS4, and luxury brand Lexus, inside a decision room at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28,...more

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi looks at vehicles (from L-R) Auris, a clay model of concept vehicle NS4, and luxury brand Lexus, inside a decision room at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi is reflected on an iPad as he shows images of various car designs during an interview with Reuters at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi is reflected on an iPad as he shows images of various car designs during an interview with Reuters at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko...more

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi is reflected on an iPad as he shows images of various car designs during an interview with Reuters at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi takes a seat inside the company's luxury brand Lexus at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi takes a seat inside the company's luxury brand Lexus at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi takes a seat inside the company's luxury brand Lexus at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi explains about the design of Auris at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi explains about the design of Auris at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi explains about the design of Auris at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi speaks in front of the company's luxury brand Lexus with "spindle" grille during an interview with Reuters at their design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi speaks in front of the company's luxury brand Lexus with "spindle" grille during an interview with Reuters at their design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko...more

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi speaks in front of the company's luxury brand Lexus with "spindle" grille during an interview with Reuters at their design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's design center building is pictured in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's design center building is pictured in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's design center building is pictured in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi takes a seat inside the company's luxury brand Lexus the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi takes a seat inside the company's luxury brand Lexus the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi takes a seat inside the company's luxury brand Lexus the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's logo is pictured on a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's logo is pictured on a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's logo is pictured on a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi speaks in front of a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 during an interview with Reuters at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi speaks in front of a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 during an interview with Reuters at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi speaks in front of a clay model of concept vehicle NS4 during an interview with Reuters at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi looks at vehicles as Auris is reflected in a glass window at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi looks at vehicles as Auris is reflected in a glass window at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi looks at vehicles as Auris is reflected in a glass window at the company's design center building in Toyota, central Japan November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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