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Toyota adding hybrid options in Europe ahead of diesel bans

Leading Japanese automaker see hybrids as bridge to electric cars

Hybrids are making up a larger proportion of Toyota's European sales.

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Toyota Motor plans to fill out its hybrid vehicle lineup in Europe, adding lower-cost, higher-power and other new grades of existing models as the continent moves away from fossil-fuel-burning cars.

Toyota now offers only one grade of each hybrid model, excluding some Lexus-brand cars. To give buyers more choices, the automaker plans to offer at least two specification options per model -- such as on battery capacity and drive power -- by 2020, according to Johan van Zyl, CEO of Toyota Motor Europe.

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