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Right Lane Cruiser
12-16-2008, 07:09 AM
Economic concerns weigh on car consumers making fuel efficiency the top priority. (http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-prius16-2008dec16,0,463201.story)

http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2009_Toyota_Prius_Touring.jpgMartin Zimmerman - Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com) - Dec. 16, 2008


Plans to produce the Prius hybrid in the United States have been put on hold indefinitely, Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday.

Reports surfaced in Japan last month that the automaker was delaying the start of Prius production at its plant near Tupelo, Miss., until 2011 at the earliest.

Plans had called for the gas-sipping cars to start rolling off the line in 2010.

Now, as Prius sales continue to plunge along with auto sales in general, "it is impossible to say at this time when production will begin," Toyota said in a statement.

Spokesman Mike Goss said Toyota remained committed to starting Prius production in Mississippi someday.

To date, Toyota has spent about $300 million of the Mississippi plant's anticipated $1.3-billion price tag. The automaker plans to finish building the facility, now about 90% complete, but it won't install the metal-stamping machines, robotics and other expensive equipment needed to assemble cars.

Prius sales plunged 48.3% to 8,660 in November compared with the same month a year earlier, worse than the 36.7% drop in overall U.S. light vehicle sales. The year-to-date picture is somewhat better, with Prius down… http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-prius16-2008dec16,0,463201.story

PaleMelanesian
12-16-2008, 08:20 AM
:( I'm sorry to hear that. Local production would only be a good thing, for workers and for customers.

Our local dealer has 4 sitting out front for all to see. A few months ago they "could order you one". Big change.

bestmapman
12-16-2008, 08:57 AM
Considering the economy it is not an unusual decision. The Prius has been a great success for Toyota and the model is not going anywhere. By delaying the plant, they may also get the new model bugs worked out in Japan first.

Chuck
12-16-2008, 09:07 AM
This is a pessimistic view but beats layoffs.

Still, I'd be a bit concerned if I was working at the Tundra plant in San Antonio.

Shiba3420
12-16-2008, 09:59 AM
I wonder if the hybrids and other fuel sippers will stop being preium cars without benefitting from the general dealer sales...

Radio_tec
12-16-2008, 07:04 PM
This is a pessimistic view but beats layoffs.

Still, I'd be a bit concerned if I was working at the Tundra plant in San Antonio.

Last I heard the Tundra plant was being retooled to build the Corolla.



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