The Japanese auto industry might come back to much normal faster that thought. But then there is shippiing. It takes a while to float a few thousand cars across the Pacific. Now add high gas prices and a high demand for fuel efficient cars and you have the reason why Edmunds reports that the U.S. national inventory of the Toyota Prius is down to four-day supply. Ed Larocque, Toyota’s national marketing manager for advanced technology vehicles, told Edmunds that “production in Japan likely will return to full capacity by the end of June.” Which means that that wave of Prii won’t was ashore before end of July.
Matters wouldn’t be as tight if the Prius would be built stateside. According to Larocque, Toyota would “like to have a plant up and active” to assemble the Prius in the U.S. – at some point. originally, the Blue Springs, Mississippi, plant had been slated for Prius production. But then the recession intervened, and Blue Spring is building Corollas.