Toyota has announced they will showcase a new hybrid concept car at the 2010 North American International Auto Show. No official details have been given but speculation describes the compact car as being smaller than the Prius and will go into production as early as 2011.
Incidentally Toyota made two announcements regarding new cars in recent days. One was that a concept slotting below the Yaris would debut at the 2010 Auto Expo Automobile Show in New Delhi. Secondly, it said a new plug-in hybrid would begin selling globally from 2011. Traditionally Toyota has only built regular hybrid systems for models such as the Camry, Prius, Highlander, as well as certain Lexus cars.
A plug-in Prius hybrid did appear at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. Toyota plans to lease 500 of these to government and corporate customers in the United States, Europe and Japan starting later this month. Public sales are scheduled for 2011 with volumes expected to reach "tens of thousands".
Competitors are not planning on being left out of the mass-market "green" race either. General Motors wants to sell about 60,000 Chevrolet Volts from next year, Volkswagen has plans pertaining to plug-in hybrids and Nissan commences sales of the all-electric Leaf in 2010.