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Monday, 15th March 2010
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Toyota 'could build Prius at third factory'

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has announced that it is considering expanding production of its hybrid Prius model to a third factory.

The firm may begin building the Prius cars at its factory in Motomachi, according to a report in local newspaper the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. The source said that the firm is considering producing around 6,000 cars at the plant.

The move is designed to reduce the amount of time that customers currently have to wait for their new Prius cars, the newspaper claimed.

Prius models - which are the world's best selling hybrid cars and have also been the top selling car in Japan for almost a year - are currently built at the firm's plants in Fujimatsu and Tsutsumi, which are both in central Japan.

Toyota has recently been hit by a number of safety scandals and has been forced to recall millions of cars in the US, Europe and Asia.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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