Toyota plans US manufacturing changes

July 10, 2008 7:11:15 AM PDT
Toyota Motor Corp. is adjusting its U.S. manufacturing operations to meet customer demands for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The Japanese automaker said Thursday it will start producing the hybrid Prius in the U.S. for the first time at a plant it is building in Blue Springs, Miss. Production will begin in 2010.

The company also says it will suspend production of the Toyota Tundra at its San Antonio truck plant for three months starting Aug. 8 because of declining demand.

Toyota plans to stop producing the Tundra at a plant in Princeton, Ind., this spring. That plant now will make the Highlander SUV.

Toyota says workers who build its trucks in San Antonio will stay on the job through the shutdown.

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