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 |  Nov 05 2012, 8:11 AM

The Fisker Karma didn’t need any more bad press when several models caught fire after being submerged in water at a New Jersey port during Hurricane Sandy. But now it appears the luxury hybrid wasn’t alone in its combustion.

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 |  Jul 07 2010, 4:08 PM


Toyota is planning to create a hybrid version of every model in its lineup by 2020, utilizing the same architecture as the Prius’ groundbreaking hybrid system.

Toyota plans to produce more than 1 million hybrid systems in this year alone, and its reliability and cost advantages mean that Toyota is reluctant to make any radical changes to the architecture.

Regarding a “sporty” hybrid, Gerald Killman, Toyota’s powertrain executive, said that such a vehicle was indeed feasible for the Japanese automaker. “Our hybrid technology is adaptable,” he told Autocar “There is flexibility in the application of our hybrid system; we don’t want to develop a new one when we can give ours more character.”

[Source: Autocar]