According to the October 2004 issue of Import Turner:
"Toyota's Prius hybrid has made its name by giving a family-size car green credentials and decent Performance. But what about a real sportscar endowed with brisk acceleration and half-electric power? One could be on the way from Japan's larger automaker, according to the website www.TheCarConnection.com.
Toyota is working on a hybrid version of the MR2 Spyder, the website says, for a debut in the next couple of years. Like the Prius and other hybrids, the new sportscar would use a battery pack to augment its four-cylinder gas engine. Toyota is planning to offer hybrid technology on virtually all its cars, starting with the Highlander crossover vehicle this fall and the Lexus RX 400h this year as well."