TOKYO, March 12 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203), the world's second-largest auto maker, is likely to sell a hybrid version of its best-selling Camry passenger car as soon as 2006, business daily Nihon Keizai reported on Friday.
If true, it would represent a major turning point for eco-friendly gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles that could take them from being a niche segment into the mainstream auto market.
The newspaper said Toyota was looking at selling more than 100,000 hybrId Camrys a year, mainly in North America.
The auto maker would likely be able to reduce costs by that time to sell a hybrid Camry at a price that would be attractive to consumers, it said.
Toyota's current hybrid Prius sedan sells for around 500,000 yen ($4,513) more than comparable gasoline engine models.