Toyota may begin assembling the Toyota Camry Hybrid in Thailand at Toyota's Gateway plant in Chachoengsao province. A move like that would end up making Thailand a major source of hybrid cars in Asia. At the moment, the Camry Hybrid is only available in the U.S.
Yasuyuki Kawamoto, chief engineer of the Corolla Altis in Thailand was quoted as the source. He said it would happen "within the lifetime of the current Camry model," which ends sometime in 2011.
It does make me wonder, however, how the assembly would be done. Toyota assembles hybrid cars in China, but imports key components.
Source: Bangkok's Independent Newspaper
"We are still in the study phase for this project and that's why we brought in a fleet of Prius hybrid cars to test the market last year," said company spokesman Kij Mahajuntakarn.