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- Billy Graham near death, ‘close to going home to be with the Lord’
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Analysts say electric vehicles and other futuristic vehicles will make up a tiny fraction of the auto market for years. Recharging stations will be needed for electric vehicles and hydrogen fueling stations if fuel cells are ever to become practical.
Toyota has sold 2.8 million hybrids around the world since the first-generation Prius went on sale in 1997. It sells more than 7 million autos around the world in a year.
Toyota sorely needs a boost to its image after a series of massive recalls totaling more than 11 million vehicles globally over the last year, mostly in the U.S., for faulty gas pedals, floor mats that can trap accelerators, defective braking and stalling engines.
The maker of the Camry sedan and Lexus luxury model also faces lawsuits in the U.S. over accidents suspected of being related to those defects. Its image, once equated with near impeccable quality, has been badly tarnished, especially after widespread criticism it was slow and reluctant to come forward with the recalls.
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