(Ed. Note: Toyota has now clarified details of the U.S. launch. See details, below.)
Toyota Motor Co. is delaying the start of production for its new plug-in model, the Prius Prime.
The move is expected to push back the availability of the new model in the Japanese market. The U.S. launch, TheDetroitBureau.com has been advised, will begin in November, but will be slower than originally planned.
The exact reason for the delay hasn’t been stated, though spokesperson Kayo Doi was quoted telling reporters in Japan that, “We decided we want to take our time and more care before starting mass manufacturing.” The launch of production will be slower than original planned, a U.S. official added.