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.

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