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11Report: Toyota to resume production at half-speed across Japan on April 18

With the exception of the facility that makes the Prius, Toyota plants in Japan have been closed following the earthquake disaster in Japan, but that is scheduled to change by April 18. The Associated Press is reporting that Toyota will resume production that day, though assembly lines will only work at half speed. The plants will run through April 27, when they will close again until May 9 to honor Japan's Golden Week holiday. That's a fairly short production window, but the move is likely welc

36Toyota idles production in France, UK and U.S. to cope with weak demand

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19Toyota to build hybrid batteries in North America

Even with the $5,000 difference between the Prius and non-hybrid Toyotas, there was a time when Toyota lost money on the car. Even when the car entered the black, and even though they halved the cost of the hybrid system from one generation to the next, Toyota still didn't make the margins on it that they did with their go-to sedans. Yet with plans to start making batteries for the Hybrid Synergy Drive in the U.S., Toyota says it should be able to halve costs again, and bring the next-gen Prius

33Prius production heading to Mississippi, Tundra to Texas

Toyota's got some changes and rearranges underway with its North American facilities to better serve the demands of the market. The biggest news is that Prius production will be coming Stateside, which will help unkink the supply pipeline, if not also lower costs. A new facility in Blue Springs, Mississippi is being readied for the battery-pack-mobile, though the location was initially meant to turn out Highlanders. With consumer desires shifting with the rise of fuel prices, cranking out more P

14Toyota may slow U.S. factory expansion

Toyota's rise to the number one position in the global car industry hasn't been without its setbacks. The carmaker is starting to feel growing pains following its rapid expansion over the past few years, and the issue has got some if its top brass very concerned. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that execs are worried they've built too many factories in the U.S. and that they're considering slowing things down. The problem Toyota faces is if demand drops, it'll be stuck with a whole lot of id

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