Toyota Says They Will Not be Building the Prius in the US, Yet ~ Hybrid Car Review
Hybrid Car Review: Toyota Says They Will Not be Building the Prius in the US, Yet

Friday, May 30, 2008

Toyota Says They Will Not be Building the Prius in the US, Yet

Toyota denied rumors it had decided to create a joint venture with GM to build the Prius stateside at the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc (NUMMI) plant in Fremont, CA. (Source: Toyota denies decision on building Prius in U.S. who quoted an article from the daily Tokyo Shimbun)

According to Toyota: "We are always considering the best places for production, but nothing has been decided about producing the Prius at NUMMI,"

A year ago, the Prius and the Camry hybrid had their production separated when the Camry Hybrid production moved to the U.S. That freed up the Prius production to the point where it became one of the top 10 most popular cars in the US. And demand has not been slacking off.

So, if Toyota were to begin producing more Prius locally, it could have big repercussions.

Not to mention the 'joint venture' aspect of working with GM to produce the most popular and most fuel efficient hybrid on the road today.

Major components for the Prius would still need to be imported from Japan, just as they do to the plant in China. So, perhaps it wouldn't create that much more in the way of units. But any increase would still have significant repercussions.

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