is taking a page from a book by General Motors
and other U.S. automakers by announcing plans to offer
flex-fuel vehicles that run on E85 fuel or gasoline by 2008. Toyota had resisted the urge up until now, due to the risk
of fuel corroding the rubber engine seals, but the company isn't exactly one to stay out of an alternative fuel
party for very long. Initially, the Japanese carmaker will offer the models in ethanol-happy Brazil, and rather
than announce plans to expand into the U.S., Toyota suggested that Americans switch to blends of fuel with 10 percent
(which most traditional gasoline engines can handle), making the gasoline savings more widespread.