Toyota Prius is full hybrid electric car create by Toyota, the automotive company from Japan. Toyota starts manufacturing this electric car since 1997. According to the status of Toyota as the foreign company is the USA, so many of us have a little question. Where is the Toyota Prius Built? Is it made in USA or still import from Japan, the country of the Toyota come from.
Toyota Prius is the leader of a hybrids car for one decade. Before Chevy Volt and the other make some hard competition, Toyota Prius is the King. But we know that after Toyota make a big sale in USA, it has not yet been made in USA. Toyota company has said that Prius will still make in Japan until the 2015 model. And they make possibilities to make a production line in the USA for 2016 model.
To make a production line in U.S, Toyota have to figure out the supplier for all the part of Prius. This terms especially for the specific part of a battery, electric motors and power electronics. The battery which is should be lithium-ion now is the critical part that must be ready.
Where Is Actually The Toyota Prius Made Now?
So, where is Toyota Prius actually made in now? We can see the answer from the report of Japanese Plant from Japanese Production Sites of the Toyota Company. From there, we know that the Toyota Prius is still made in Japan for now. There are two Toyota Plant that has a production line for Prius that is Takaoka Plant and Tsutsumi Plant. Here is the screenshot from the site.
Maybe someday, Toyota will make a production line for Prius in the USA This is according to the statement from Koei Saga, a senior managing director for Toyota drive train research. We can see the statement on Greencarreports that published on May 1 ,2012. They say that Prius will be the Toyota first vehicle to use hybrid components built in the USA.
Toyota manufactures a wide variety of different models in USA. This made after is home to such a large population of car consumers. For now, the Toyota manufacturing plants in the United States have produced the Toyota Camry, the Camry Hybrid, the Corolla and the Sienna. They also produced the Toyota Sequoia, the Toyota Avalon, the Solara, the Tacoma and the Tundra in USA.
This makes an advantage for the market that Toyota can reduce the cost of shipping for these models and can get the best price for less. So let’s see when Toyota will build a production line for Prius in USA.
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