Posted by feetsdontfailme on June 20, 2008, 2:09 pm
New York Times 6-20-08
"A Toyota spokesman said the Japanese automaker was limited by
production to selliing 175,000 Priuses in the United States this year,
no matter how hot the demand."
Whats the limiter?? The battery? factory capacity?
Posted by Marc Gerges on June 20, 2008, 2:28 pm
I'd presume that with a limited manufacturing capacity, Toyota would
want to optimize distribution towards best margin. And with the USD
heading down south compared to the Yen, that could mean pretty much
anywhere in the world but the US.
Prius is a niche car in Europe (due to many available Diesel cars having
similar cost per km driven). But it retails for 25000+ EUR. Included are
duties and taxes, but that'll still make them 20000 per car. In EUR,
not USD. So every Prius that could be sold in Europe will not get
shipped to the US, unless there's a potential to sell it for at least
around 30000 USD.
Posted by Was Istloben on June 21, 2008, 2:33 am
According to Toyota they can't make batteries fast enough. This problem
will be cured next year when their new battery plant comes on line.