Toyota sets up US hybrid plant

US demand for hybrid vehicles must really be booming as Toyota planned to start manufacturing its hybrid car Prius in Blue Springs, Miss., late next year.

According to the company, global sales of Prius have passed its 1 million mark this year, with approximately 1,028,000 units sold as of the end of April.

Toyota will also temporarily suspend production of its Tundra and Sequioa models starting August as US sales continue to crash for SUVs and trucks.

It’s nice that Toyota is contributing to the sales improvement of lesser-gas-guzzling cars but the company should also include in its sustainability agenda the health of its workers.

One of the company’s top engineers in Japan was said to have died from overwork developing a hybrid version of Toyota’s Camry line, the Associated Press reported.

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