With Toyota's latest buy from the General Motors fire sale being a 5.9 percent stake in Isuzu, speculation on where Toyota will use Isuzu diesel engines has largely revolved around trucks and SUVs. (And as expected, the two companies just announced a joint venture to develop diesels.) Now, according to Jim "Permanent" Press, Toyota North America boss, ToMoCo will likely employ the oil-burners as part of a multifuel hybrid strategy, including diesel, biodiesel and ethanol. This could get interesting, considering last year GM unveiled the Opel Astra Diesel Hybrid, which used the new two-mode hybrid system developed by GM and DaimlerChrysler (now with a side of BMW), and diesel hybrids have long been considered an obvious technology mix if emissions can be reduced. If this keeps up, we'll be able to get to the Detroit auto show and back on one tankful of truck juice, notwithstanding one of those I-90 blizzards.
Update: Toyota Exec Says Diesel Prius Hybrids Possible [Edmunds]
Classic Top Gear: The Prius Kinda Blows; Buy A Diesel [internal]