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Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative, Green, Plants/Manufacturing, GM, Toyota, Rumormill

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Rumors that General Motors may get access to Toyota's proprietary hybrid technology just won't go away. Today, Bloomberg cites two unnamed sources in reports that Toyota President Akio Toyoda and GM chief Fritz Henderson will meet this August in Michigan to discuss the possibility of a GM-badged version of the Toyota Prius hybrid hatchback.

For the record, both General Motors and Toyota have repeatedly denied that any such talks have taken place in the past and have said it's unlikely that they ever will in the future. Many of these rumors indicate that the two automakers are considering building the Prius together at the New United Motor Manufacturing Incorporated (NUMMI) joint venture in California, but GM has today announced that its involvement in NUMMI is over.

It remains a possibility that Toyota will fully take over the reigns at NUMMI to finally build the Prius in America, but even if that's the case, it's extremely unlikely that General Motors will have anything to do with the project in light of its own massive undertaking of readying the Chevrolet Volt for the market in 2011.



[source: Bloomberg]
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I really wonder if GM really would still go after this? It would be cheap and quickly done but I would rather see the investment in the Volt system since it is a much better system. Get Gen 2-3 out as soon as they can to make a much better Volt.

Or GM could take this platform and put a body on it that looks good and not like a science fair project. Give people who buy the Prius a chance to have good looks to go with their hybid.

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If I was GM, I would rather go to Ford and get the impeccable Hybrid Tech of Fusion.

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If I was GM, I would rather go to Ford and get the impeccable Hybrid Tech of Fusion.

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GM should not validate the prius when the fuel economy on one is only world beeting if you drive it in the city.

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