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Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. unveiled a new gasoline-electric hybrid engine equipped with a more powerful motor at a technology workshop held Monday by the General Motors Corp. group in Tokyo.

The new hybrid system consists of a horizontally opposed engine, an electric motor that can generate 100 kw and a manganese lithium-ion battery, according to the maker of Subaru vehicles.

A 2,000cc vehicle equipped with this system can accelerate to 80 kph using only the electric motor, company officials said. Hybrid vehicles developed by Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. need to use both an engine and electric motor to reach that speed.

Fuji Heavy, 20 percent owned by U.S. auto giant GM, will display a concept car incorporating the hybrid system at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show, which opens to the public Oct. 25.

GM, Suzuki Motor Corp., and truck maker Isuzu Motors Ltd. are exhibiting advanced environmentally friendly vehicle technology at the technology workshop, which runs until Friday.

GM said it has spent $1 billion since 1997 developing fuel-cell vehicles. It is showing two of its fuel-cell vehicles — the Hy-wire and the HydroGen3 — at the workshop.

The Hy-wire is the world’s first fuel-cell vehicle using so-called by-wire technology, which electronically controls braking, acceleration and handling systems.

British-made Toyotas

Toyota Motor Corp. on Monday took the wraps off the Avensis luxury sedan and station wagon assembled at its British plant for Japanese consumers.

Toyota President Fujio Cho introduced the 2-liter models made at Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. at a news conference in Tokyo.

The British unit has factories in Derbyshire and North Wales.

Although the European versions of the Avensis models debuted in Europe in March, they rolled into the showrooms of Toyota’s domestic Vista dealership network on Monday.

Toyota said the Avensis models have achieved a five-star collision-safety rating under the European new car assessment program, which is one of the world’s strictest collision safety evaluation programs.

It said the rating reflected the models’ seven air bags, including a driver’s knee air bag, and an improved collision-safety car body structure.

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