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TOYOTA TO BUILD 12,000 PRIUS HYBRIDS IN THAILAND

By Andrew Ganz

Toyota says that it will build around 12,000 Toyota Prius hybrid-electric vehicles in Thailand annually, marking the first time that the popular eco-friendly five-door will be built in great numbers outside of Japan.

Previously, Toyota began building an assembly plant in Mississippi that was set to build the Prius for North America, but the automaker subsequently mothballed the incomplete plant before announcing earlier this year that it will build its Toyota Corolla compact sedan there instead.

Toyota announced plans to build its Prius in Thailand earlier this year, but the automaker didn’t release production numbers. The Prius goes on sale in Thailand beginning tomorrow at a price of 1.19 million baht (around $40,000).

“It is indeed a proud moment for us to see Prius production start here at Gateway Plant,” Toyota’s Thailand president, Kyoichi Tanada, said in a statement released to members of the media. “This is proof positive of the increasing level of Thai manufacturing on both quality and safety fronts.”

The Prius isn’t Toyota’s first hybrid to be built in Thailand, however. Its Camry Hybrid model has been produced there since last year.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/toyota-to-build-12000-prius-hybrids-in-thailand.html

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REPORT: TOYOTA PLANNING TO BUILD PLUG-IN HYBRIDS IN CHINA

By Andrew Ganz

According to a Japanese business daily, Toyota will begin assembling plug-in hybrids in China within the next two years as part of a greater effort to increase the number of eco-friendly vehicles sold in the rapidly-expanding market. Japan’s Nikkei said today that Toyota will build the plug-in hybrids with its joint-venture partner, China FAW Group Corporation.

Toyota has already said that plug-in hybrids will be on the road and available to consumers beginning in 2012, but the automaker has not previously made an announcement about Chinese production. Like most vehicles currently assembled in China, its expected that production models will be sold in that market only and not exported.

A full announcement from Toyota could come within the next few weeks.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/report-toyota-planning-to-build-plug-in-hybrids-in-china.html

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