Toyota Motor's facilities in China will most likely add manufacturing of parts for the upcoming Prius Plug-in to their to-do lists as the Japanese automaker is set to soon resume production of the standard Prius China.

Toyota halted production of its second-generation Prius in China way back in April 2009. Even though the automaker has yet to officially announce when it will begin production of components for the Prius Plug-in and remains undecided when it will resume pumping out Priuses from China (this according to Shiori Hashimoto, a spokeswoman for Toyota), Bloomberg suggests that the recent approval from Chinese authorities to resume Prius production and to make the PHEV parts there makes it a likely scenario. Production could start sometime next year.


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      Aaron Schwarz
      • 4 Years Ago
      Made in China is bad for the US, UK, Japan, and almost every other developed country who is suffering the economy costs of lossing capital, jobs and economic sustainability to unfair trade relationships with China. I like Chinese people but when I think of the nation of China I want to puke (environmental, population, poverty, human rights, coal power nightmare).... ect. I vote for local, sustainable, organic, efficient. F*ck made in China!
        Aaron Schwarz
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Aaron Schwarz
        I cant for the life of me figure out why Japanese companies would have anything manufactured in China considering the history between those two nations...... The Japanese can outsource their work/ production to Korea/ Thailand/ Indonesia/ Singapore/ India or almost any country other than China that can do the work.... Until China is a free democracy I will not support it as a nation and will speak against China for their long history of human rights violations, environmental destruction and uncontrolled population explosion, unfair trade tarif system, coal power and foreign oil gluttony and urban sprawl/ over development that makes NY look rural!
          Marco Polo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Aaron Schwarz
          I find your veiwpoint maybe a little xenophobilic, but basically very hard to disprove any of your facts!
      Marco Polo
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Eric Loveday. When dealing with news items concerning the PRC, it's always wise to check the source, rather than continue the spread of PRC censorship and media manipulation. You acquired this story from Bloomberg. Bloomberg sourced the story from the Japanese news website 'Mainichi Daily News'. Mainichi Daily News has a long history of acquiescing to PRC censorship and 'suggestions'. The PRC authorities had nothing to do with PRC Prius manufacture being switched to other Toyota models. The Prius simply didn't sell sufficient volume in the PRC, to justify continuing production. Hybrids attract only CNY 3000 subsidy in contrast to CNY 50,000 for PIEV and GNY60,000 for EV's. Toyota hopes to have better luck with the Prius Plug in Hybrid version. Since 2010, Japan has been in dispute with the PRC over a territorial fishing incident. The PRC reacted to the arrest of a PRC fishing boat captain, by threatening to stop the export of rare earth to Japan. The "recent approval from Chinese authorities to resume Prius production" , addition to the original story, came as a result of a 'suggestion' by the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China, : 中共中央宣传部 or, Zhōnggòng Zhōngyāng Xuānchuánbù. Like most PRC institutions this is a huge and subtle organ of the communist party. It operates with absolute authority, although it has no official status. Like the Peoples Liberation army, The PDCPC, is an organ of the CCP. The term "recent approval from Chinese authorities to resume Prius production', was subtly meant to indicate that the PRC was being reasonable and cooperative with an unreasonable Japan! , " A friendly gesture to help Toyota's tsunami difficulties". -Xinhua News Agency. The embarrassment of BYD's failure to excite the PRC automotive buyer, and Geely's inability to get Volvo EV technology in mass manufacture, has prompted the PRC to encourage Toyota. But everything, is not so rosy in PRC for EV adoption. The three State owned Oil companies, (whose top management are all graduates of the elite special CCP colleges for State Security Cadres,) are now lobbying for the emphasis to be changed from solar and EV's, to bio-fuel/oil/'Clean Coal/Natural Gas. In this the Oil companies are supported by the powerful PLA, (a huge business in itself) which is looking for ways to finance the retirement, and provide business opportunities, for so many former PLA personal that CCP policy directive 1037, will force into the wilderness.
      Robyn
      • 3 Years Ago
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