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Toyota's global sales of hybrid cars top 3 million

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday that global sales of its hybrid models have topped 3 million vehicles on the back of brisk demand for the Prius.Full story

PSA, BMW invest 100 million euros in hybrid JV

GENEVA (Reuters) - French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen Peugeot <PEUP.PA> and German counterpart BMW <BMWG.DE> plan to invest 100 million euros in a hybrid technology joint venture, the two companies said on Monday. Full story

Toyota to make lithium batteries for hybrids: Nikkei

Toyota Motor Corp is planning to mass-produce lithium ion batteries for its plug-in hybrid vehicles from this autumn as Panasonic Corp and Hitachi Ltd get set to churn out similar products of their own, the Nikkei business daily reported. Full story

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  Congress: Hybrid cars need to be louder

Because motors in hybrid cars make so little noise and shut down when stopped at a light, it has become a safety issue for blind pedestrians, joggers and small children. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R, in car) sits in a Sport Coupe version of the E-mobile hybrid car before attending a Security Council meeting in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, on April 1, 2011. Eschewing his usual chauffeur-driven limousine, Putin on April 1 sat down behind the wheel o

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A wagon-style hybrid 'Prius' hybrid vehicle is displayed at a Toyota showroom in Tokyo on March 7, 2011. Toyota has sold more than three million hybrid vehicles, a key pillar of its earnings, thanks to the global popularity of the Prius model.

Hybrids are becoming a widely offered mainstream option, as Volkswagen's 2011 Touareg hybrid SUV illustrates.