Green cars were the big news at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September and the Los Angeles Auto Show in December 2009, and the expectation is that hybrid cars, plug-in electric cars and hydrogen fuel cell cars will be making headlines at the important Detroit Auto Show in January 2010.
The rumor is that Toyota will introduce a hybrid mini-car. Why else would they release teaser photographs — a fender here, a hood there.
According to CNET, this will be a new Toyota model, not a hybrid version of one already on sale.
Toyota’s upscale sister Lexus introduced the LF-Ch hybrid hatchback concept car in Frankfurt.
And Toyota announced recently that the plug-in version of the best-selling Prius hybrid is going into production in 2010.