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In 2000, the Toyota Estima Hybrid became the first minivan to ever sport the advanced new powertrain technology. Yesterday, Toyota released the fully redesigned version of this family-hauling green machine. Like its predecessor, the new Estima is propelled by the company's Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) with E-Four. That's a fancy way of saying it has Toyota's proven hybrid system paired with electronic four-wheel-drive. It has the capability to run in all-electric mode under the proper condit

The Japanese-market Estima debuted in 2001 as the world's first hybrid minivan, and on Monday Toyota launched a completely redesigned version of the seven-seater hybrid.