Summary: Yesterday, Toyota Motor Co. (TM) boosted its half-year profit forecast by 32% and announced plans to increase global sales by more than 10% over the next two years. Toyota expects to hire 8,000 engineers while struggling competitors Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) are spending billions to reduce their workforces. Similarly, Toyota is developing new models and technology while rival DaimlerChrysler (DCX) is cutting production. One blip on Toyota's otherwise rosy outlook is the imminent reduction of tax incentives on energy-efficient hybrids. Federal tax credits for Toyota hybrids will be halved beginning in October. Full WSJ article >
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