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Electric cars in China

Toyota takes wraps off first electric vehicle in China

Hybrid engine pioneer intends to catch up with VW and GM in EV competition

Toyota Motor is in Shanghai to unveil electric versions of its C-HR and Izoa SUVs -- and to tell the rest of the auto industry that it intends to catch up in terms of new energy vehicles.(Photo by Satoshi Yoshida)

SHANGHAI -- Toyota Motor on Tuesday unveiled its first own-brand electric vehicles, showing them off at a big auto expo here to demonstrate that it intends to catch up with the likes of Volkswagen, General Motors and other Western marques.

The Japanese automaker debuted electric models of its C-HR and Izoa SUVs at the 18th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. The SUVs will hit the Chinese market in 2020.

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