Toyota’s Prius to be Built in China

he Toyota Prius, a car built on hybrid gas-electric technology, will soon receive a major production boost. Toyota and an undisclosed Chinese based manufacturing company have sealed a deal where the two companies will be working together to produce the Prius for worldwide export. This bodes well for the American consumer who has to endure long waits for an all new Prius. More importantly, the move signals a sea change in the way Japanese cars are built and marketed. Ultimately, you may be the biggest winner; please read on for all the scintillating details!

If you wait nine months for a car, it means you must really want that model. This is exactly what future owners of the Prius have been doing as well as owners of other hybrid cars including some Honda models. No manufacturer has been able to keep up with the surging demand and, despite lower fuel prices, demand continues to increase.

For Toyota, production levels on virtually every car they produce have been very high. Thus, even producing more Prius’ has been impossible as manufacturing capacity has been stretched thin. Until now that is. With Toyota’s new relationship with China, it is expected that Prius production will ramp up. More Prius’ built in China will mean more hybrid models from Toyota as production shifts westward to the Chinese mainland from Japan.

As you might guess, labor costs in China are extremely low too. There is no telling if a car produced in China for Toyota will be sold for less in the US or simply translate into bigger profits for Toyota. Likely it will be a combination of the two, a true win-win situation for Toyota as well as for the American consumer!

Hopefully, the Chinese built Prius will match typical Toyota quality levels. It probably will as whatever vehicles Toyota builds around the globe must match Toyota quality standards.

Are you waiting for a Prius? Your wait won’t get shortened any time soon, but for future owners they expect to see a significant drop in wait times as new, Chinese-built Prius’ show up on American shores.

Used Hybrid Cars

Since hybrid cars are slowly becoming all the rage for those who are seeking to promote energy independence, it should come as no surprises that deal minded individuals are looking to purchase used hybrid cars. Of course, used cars have their positive and negatives and associated risks. When it comes to purchasing used hybrid cars – or any cars for that matter – there are instances when purchasing a used can be quite a deal. In other instances, purchasing used cars can be a complete disaster. Ultimately, the positives or negatives associated with purchasing used hybrid cars will b based upon the prior owner of the car and the actual condition of the car.

It has been said to avoid purchasing used cars because purchasing used cars is the equivalent of purchasing “someone else’s problems.” In other words, the mechanical defects of the car that currently exist will become the new owner’s problems and the need to repair these problems will be pawned off to the new owner. There is truth to this in the event that the car has mechanical problems. If the car does not have mechanical problems, then there should be no issue to contend with when purchasing used hybrid cars.

Probably the best way to avoid any associated problems with purchasing used hybrid cars would be to seek a car that is being offered privately by a single owner. This is not to say that one should avoid purchasing a car from a dealer or a lot, but potential consumers need to realize that purchasing from a single owner as opposed is a somewhat safer venture.

Of course, in order to get the best deals on a used hybrid car, one needs to search for a hybrid car that has been established in the marketplace as a top of the line car. After all, a car that has a reputation for possessing high qualities would be a better purchase than one that is notorious for a multitude of problems. Of the hybrid cars, the Toyota Prius is one of the best reviewed models. The status of the Toyota Prius has reached “loftiness” mainly because it has consistently received top consumer reviews and has an established track record for being a reliable car. As such, a used Toyota Prius may be a solid choice if you are shopping for a used car.

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