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Prius electro hybrid output set to double

TOYOTA has announced plans to double output of the Prius - the first mass production car to be powered by a hybrid petrol and electric engine - just a month after launching the car in Japan. Production will rise to 2000 units a month due to unexpectedly high demand in Toyota's home market.

The Japanese manufacturer says it has no plans at present to export the family saloon to the UK - but industry experts have said it could attract sizeable interest from the fleet sector. The Prius achieves twice the fuel economy of competitive petrol-engined cars. It has been designed, equipped and priced to compete with conventional mid-sized family cars.

'We certainly could not rule out any future export for Prius,' said corporate communications manager Kevin Perlmutter. 'It is normal for us to test new technology in the Japanese market first.'

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