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Toyota is offering Japanese workers night shifts and overtime to cope with record demand

Toyota is to increase production of the third-generation Prius at the two Japanese plants where it’s built.

Weekend shifts and overtime are likely to be offered to workers at its Tsutsumi and Fujimatsu factories as the Japanese firm aims to boost production above the current daily output of 2300 units.

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But Toyota denied reports that it was planning to produce the Prius at Toyota and GM’s shared US Nimmu factory, where the soon to be discontinued Pontiac Vibe is produced.

A Toyota spokesman said: “We are planning to produce the Prius at the Mississippi plant once the US market recovers, and we are not considering production at Nummi.”

The third-generation Prius became Japan's best-selling car when it went on sale last month, with sales of almost 11,000 cars.

Mark Tisshaw

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