DETROIT (Kyodo) Toyota Motor Corp. released the 2010 model of the Prius, the world’s best-selling hybrid car, at an international auto show in Detroit on Monday.

The new model of the gasoline-electric vehicle, which will go on sale in more than 40 countries after its release in mid-May in Japan, is expected to compete with the 2009 Insight hybrid of Honda Motor Co., which will be launched in Japan in February and is also on display at the North American International Auto Show that opened Sunday.

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