Workers at the Toyota Tsutsumi Plant in Toyota, central Japan, check new Prius hybrid vehicles as they roll off the assembly line.

 

New president Akio Toyoda promised Thursday a nimbler Toyota that will be more responsive to regional needs in his first public appearance as head of the automaker his grandfather founded. Toyoda, 53, stressed that hybrid technology — seen in the success of the third-generation Prius, which went on sale last month — was an example of a Toyota strength.