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Toyota looks to sell electric cars developed by Chinese partners

In India, automaker will turn to Suzuki; all efforts to keep up with environmental rules

Automakers must have "new-energy" vehicles contribute a specified portion of sales in China starting in 2019.

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING -- Toyota Motor is considering producing and selling electric vehicles in China developed by local partners while planning to procure electric models from Suzuki Motor in India, part of a strategy to cope with tougher environmental regulations.

The electric vehicles are being developed by joint venture partners China FAW Group and Guangzhou Automobile Group, with their releases planned for as early as 2019. Hiroji Onishi, head of the Japanese automaker's Chinese operations, discussed the possibility Friday at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition.

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