Toyota to build Prius in Thailand
Gas prices might not be high here in the Untied States currently, but they sure are in other countries and Toyota is reaping the benefits. The Prius hybrid is selling so well, that Toyota is looking to extend production of the car to Thailand.
According to Japan’s Nikkei, Toyota would use Thailand as an export base for all of Southeast Asia. That might even include Japan, where the Prius has been the best-selling car for 15 straight months.
Thailand is currently building the Camry Hybrid, which should make it easy to expand Prius production. It will be so easy in fact, that production could begin by the end of this year. The car’s batteries and other various components will still come from Japan.
Currently, the hybrid is built in China and Japan. Toyota was going to bring production to the United States, but a slumping economy last year threw that plan into the grave.