TOKYO – A surge in sales is focusing fresh attention on the pros and cons of hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs). So far, two Japanese producers are dominant, Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. The numbers are tiny and markets are limited mainly to the U.S. and Japan. But new models are broadening lineups and tempting consumers with more choices, and more production is promised. Last year, global sales of Toyota's seven HEVs (Prius, Estima, Alphard and Crown, plus low-volume Dina, ...

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