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Toyota sees hybrids making up half of domestic sales

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Toyota will ramp up production of its Prius models.   © Kyodo

NAGOYA -- Toyota Motor will roll out more hybrid vehicles in Japan, wanting them to account for one in two cars sold domestically by next year.

     Japan's biggest automaker is trying to keep pace with criteria for tax breaks for buyers of fuel-efficient, low-emission cars. An estimated 80% or more of cars sold in Japan now qualify for tax savings under the so-called eco-car program. But only about half of new cars are expected to make the grade after stricter standards take effect next month.

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