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STOP #19

Georgetown, KY — Hybrids: Automakers are racing in the right direction!

January 6, 2006

Building on the overwhelming success of the Prius, Toyota recently announced plans to manufacture a hybrid version of the top-selling Camry at its Georgetown, Kentucky plant. This will be the first gas/electric hybrid car manufactured in North America! Toyota's continued leadership in producing reduced emission vehicles is great news not only for the environment, but also for the 7,000 employees who work at the plant — and for drivers who want to save at the gas pump.

"This is a proud day for the entire state of Kentucky," said Governor Ernie Fletcher.

A hybrid vehicle, which is powered by a traditional engine supplemented by an electric engine, has become the hot new item to have in your driveway. And you never plug it in! They are becoming more stylish and popular as gasoline prices have risen and individual people feel the need to do something about the very real threat of global warming.

The market for hybrid vehicles has grown by nearly 1,000% over the past five years, and other manufactures are starting to get the message that when shopping for cars, consumers are anxious to save money and take action against global warming.

Honda already has hybrids on the market, as does Ford. Dodge, Lexus, Saturn, Toyota and Nissan are all expected to unveil new hybrid models soon and next year there should be almost a dozen new hybrid models from which savvy consumers can choose.

With its hybrid version of the Camry, Toyota is making a worthwhile commitment to our environment, our public health and its 7,000 people who work at their Kentucky plant. Here is a list of action items you can do to help stop global warming. From changing a light bulb to getting a hybrid car, one person can make a difference.