Fourth Generation Toyota Prius to be built in U.S.

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Things don’t necessarily come out as planned and Toyota is one carmaker that definitely knows that to be true. And, no, we are not talking about its recall woes, although those are good lessons for the Japanese company. What we are discussing is the U.S. production of Toyota’s gasoline-electric vehicle, the Prius . Toyota’s original plans were set to have the hybrid built at its Mississippi facility, but when a plant in California formerly co-owned by GM shut its doors, Toyota turned its attention to the Corolla and left the Prius overseas.

Now, according to Reuters, the Toyota Prius may see its production in the Land of the Free by 2016. Executive Vice President Atsushi Niimi says that is when the next remodeling of the Prius is expected and that is when Toyota would feel comfortable enough in the U.S. economy to move it over.

"If you look at unemployment, housing, and other economic indicators there’s not much good news. I think it will take time for the market to recover," Niimi said. He added that he doesn’t agree with reports stating that the U.S. market could recover to above 12 million units next year or 14-15 million in 2012.

Source: Reuters

9 comments:

oh look what happened to us !! even fourth generation Deville’s 130 inch wheelbase(which was the smallest) is more than UP’s Length !!

This is the chance for Ford and potentially GM to catch Toyota in the Hybrid market if Toyota is waiting 6 years for a new Prius. Toyota will have kept it on the market for almost 8 at that point.

The Prius won’t drop to under $20,000. If Toyota wants an under $20,000 hybrid, it’ll be under a different model name an will be a bit smaller.

Rear legroom in a Prius puts it right behind a Jaguar XJ series and right ahead of a Chevy Impala and a Mercury Grand Marquis.

Yes, produce some more then recall them soon. Just kidding.

This is the chance for Ford and potentially GM to catch Toyota in the Hybrid market if Toyota is waiting 6 years for a new Prius. Toyota will have kept it on the market for almost 8 at that point.

The Ford Focus hybrid could be on its second generation at that point and the Fusion Hybrid on its third generation. The Volt will even likely be in the second generation by then.

First of all, congratulations to U.S for producing such a nice gasoline-electric vehicle. Well it’s sad to hear that the California plant had been closed resulting for Toyota to leave the Prius. But now, at least its already been announced that it will be produced on 2016. So, I’ll start counting years now smiley

The current Prius already is built in America.

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