Toyota to produce Prius instead of SUV’s at its new US plant

According to Reuters, Toyota is changing over the production line from their new plant to be built in Mississippi from SUV’s to the Prius. The new plant, which was orginally scheduled to start making Tundra’s and Sequoia SUVs in 2010 will be switched over to the Prius – as a result of the change, Toyota doesn’t expect the plant to begin producing cars until 2011.

Totota is making the switch due to falling sales of the SUV’s and continued hot demand for its hybrids. Toyota has only a one day supply of its Prius and a two day supply of its hybrid Camry available.

Sales of the Prius have actually fallen this year by 26% as dealers are having a tough time getting them because of battery shortages.

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