Toyota to boost Prius output by 70 percentWritten by Jeremy Hayhurst
Toyota aims to produce 70 percent more Prius hybrids after a planned remodeling next year, bringing annual output to at least 480,000 units, the Nikkan Kogyo industry daily reported on Friday.
The newspaper said Toyota would transfer production of the Wish minivan, also built in Tsutsumi along with four other models, to another factory around next April to make way for more Priuses.
Toyota sold 281,300 Prius cars worldwide in 2007 and faces a severe supply bottleneck with fuel-conscious customers, especially in the United States, waiting approximately 9 months for delivery.
The world's biggest automaker also recently announced a plan to start building the Prius at an upcoming Mississippi factory from 2010.
Toyota has a goal of selling at least 1 million hybrid vehicles annually soon after 2010, more than double what it sold last year.