Production of the Toyota Prius is being cut ten per cent due to falling worldwide demand, according to reports.
The drop is being linked to a worldwide recall of the Prius earlier this year, as a result of a software problem relating to the brake feel.
The reports suggest production will be reduced to 45,000 cars a month, down from 50,000.
The main drop-off has been in the US, where Prius sales are reported to have fallen 40 per cent. In the UK in February more Prius's were sold than ever before, while it has been the best-selling car in Japan for the past nine months.