Speaking at the Economic Club of Chicago during the Chicago Auto Show last week, the president and COO of Toyota Motor North America, Yoshi Inaba, laid out his company's near-future plans, and made about as strong a case for hybrids as you're likely to hear this month. This is to be expected, since Toyota is going to launch 19 new or updated vehicles this year (including some from the Scion and Lexus brands) and, Inaba said, "nearly half will be hybrids or electric vehicles."
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digg_url = 'http://digg.com/hardware/Finally_an_SUV_that_doeesn_t_suck_gas_New_2008_Mazda_Tribute_SUV_hybrid'; Mazda already has the hydrogen RX-8 and Mazda5, but the crown jewel of Mazda's environmentally better line-up may just be the brand-spanking new 2008 Mazda Tribute hybrid SUV. The hybrid is based on the current Tribute (which starts at $20,705) and we'll have to wait until closer to the new Tribute's release date sometime in the middle of the year to find out what the hybrid powertra