• 2011 Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell battery electric vehicle (Europe only)

    Toyota leads the world in hybrid-electric vehicles, having built well over 2 million of them since 1997. That's more than half the hybrids on the planet. Now, with new electric cars about to hit the showrooms--the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt, for example--Toyota wants to cement its leadership by licensing out its Hybrid Synergy Drive system to other carmakers. The latest to join the growing list--perhaps--may be the most unlikely: Mercedes-Benz, which is rumored to want Toyota hybrid technology for the next generation of the A-Class subcompact hatchback it sells in Europe...

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