Asked about possible new Tundra models, it was revealed that Toyota is considering all options including diesel, hybrid or even bioethanol. Toyota's hybrid sales are expected to top 300,000 in 2007 and the recent deal to source diesel engines from Isuzu should be completed by the end of the year.
In a wide-ranging conversation, Watanabe shared his vision of his own dream car which would make the ambient air cleaner, and you healthier, the more you drive. It would also travel around the world on a single tank of fuel and cause no harm to people and have no accidents.
Asked, "Specifically, then, what is Toyota doing to alleviate global warming?", Watanabe replied, "First and foremost for us is to create cars that will be environmentally friendly and that will alleviate global warming."
"Then, as an industry, we need to cooperate with each other so that we will be able to find a solution. And if you extend the range to other sectors, like power generation and big appliance manufacturers, all of those sectors have to share the concern and make a commitment. Those are the things that we as a business must do."
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