Toyota Eyes California Plant To Build Hybrids

Decision to come mid-2005 on which hybrid model to build in the United States, with speculation focused on NUMMI plant in Fremont, California.

Published: 12-Jan-2005

DETROIT - Toyota will make enough Prius hybrid cars this year to catch up to customer demand, and it'll decide by midyear which hybrid model it will produce in the United States.

Then, said Toyota President Fujio Cho in an interview Tuesday, the company will decide when and where to start making them. Speculation about which U.S. plant will make hybrids includes NUMMI in Fremont.

"Not just economic and technology factors but also strategic factors will be considered," Cho said through a translator.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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