Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today unveiled the first Australian-built hybrid car at Toyota’s Altona plant, west of Melbourne.
The new hybrid version of the Toyota Camry has a 2.4-litre engine and an electric drive motor and is said to produce 30 percent less emissions than a regular car. It is expected that up to 10,000 hybrid cars will be produced each year from next year.
Rudd said the manufacture of hybrid cars would help Australia cut its greenhouse gas emissions.
“It’s good for the economy, it’s good for jobs and it’s good for action on climate change,” he said.
Australia is the fifth country to produce a hybrid car after Japan, the US, China and Thailand.