TOKYO – When Toyota Motor Corp. introduced the Prius hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) in December 1997, many in the industry thought it was a gimmick. Now, nearly seven years later, the auto maker has sold more than 200,000 Priuses, plus another 35,000 HEV variants of the Estima, Alphard and Crown. Toyota Prius And Toyota’s HEV lineup is growing, with several new HEVs due out next year and in 2006, including the Lexus RX400h, Highlander, Sienna and Camry. Moreover, the Prius order ...

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