From: Kyodo News International, Tokyo
Published November 15, 2004 12:00 AM

Toyota Hybrid Prius Wins European Car of Year Award

Nov. 15—TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its Prius, the world's first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, has been awarded 2005 European Car of the Year.


After two rounds of voting by the European Car of the Year Jury, the car was chosen from a list of seven finalists and declared a clear winner with 406 points, the automaker said.


The Prius, which runs on electricity and gasoline, was introduced in Europe early this year. Prius sales in Europe are expected to reach 8,500 units this year and 15,000 next year.


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