This article talks about Toyota bringing Prius production into
United States, by doing that they will suspend production of
their large SUVs such as Sequoia and Tundra and use existing SUV
manufacturing plants for Prius production. Enjoy!
Toyota says it is bringing its first Prius manufacturing plant to
the U.S., and after doing a car shuffle, SUVs will have to sit out
the dance. The Priuses will be built at a plant under construction
in Blue Springs, Miss, with manufacturing to start in late 2010.
To make room for new Prius production, Toyota is moving
manufacturing of its Highlander SUV from its Mississippi plant to
Indiana, and bumping Tundra truck production out to Texas. Toyota
says by bringing the Prius stateside, it is ???responding to
changes in consumer demand.???
Prius sales crossed the 1 million mark earlier this year, and as
overall hybrid sales have risen over the past year, the Prius
still dominates the space.
Adding insult to injury for the beleaguered gas guzzlers, Toyota
also says it will suspend North American production of the Tundra
and Sequoia for three months ???due to the declining overall
market for full-size trucks and SUVs.??? But unlike domestic
automakers, which are hemorrhaging jobs amid slumping sales and
record gas prices, Toyota says its employees will continue to
Toyota is proving again that it is far nimbler than many of
Detroit???s ailing behemoths, which are all still trying to make a
dent in the hybrid space. While Toyota works to open a new hybrid
plant and add solar panels to the Prius, domestic car makers are
pondering more layoffs and brand cuts.
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