• Dec 16th 2005 at 11:00AM
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With both the fastest growing car market and five of the ten most polluted cities in the world, China would seem to be an ideal place for Toyota's Prius. That's what the automaker is counting on, at any rate. The company announced today that it has begun selling its half-moon shaped hybrids with local joint venture partner, FAW.

Produced in the north-eastern Chinese city of Changchun, the Prius will base for under $36,000, with Toyota hoping to sell some 3,000 units in 2006. The factory will be the first plant to build the Prius outside of Japan. Both General Motors and Volkswagen have stated their intentions to pursue manufacturing hybrid cars China, but Toyota is the first to have a factory come on-line.

Internet order books for the Chinese Prius open today.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Doesn't make any sense. The number of people who would want a hybrid and could afford the Prius in China has got to be very small. Secondly, the Prius is a BIG car in China - I would think a smaller HEV or an HEV minivan would sell better. And finally, yes a lot of people live in big, polluted cities, but most of them will never own a car. China is the 4th or 5th largest country in land area on the planet. Mountains, deserts... not hybrid country. It will be a flop.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why is the Chinese Prius going to cost almost $15k more than the Japanese/USA one?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think Toyota needs to stay in Japan and take Honda with them.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Because it costs more to build it in China than in Japan. No, really. This goes true for all the Japanese/German/American cars made in China-it costs them more to build them in China than in thier home countries, due to inefficencies and the need to import some parts (and maybe taxes and government BS).
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