By Andrew Ganz
Tuesday, Feb 15th, 2011 @ 10:13 am
 
Toyota executives want Prius sales to be on fire - but not literally. A molding and stamping line at Toyota's Tsutsumi, Japan, assembly plant caught fire earlier today, temporarily halting production at one of the two plants that builds Prius hybrids.

The fire was detected at 10 am, but was put out by noon. Production was able to resume later this afternoon. Toyota spokespeople say that there was no impact on production volume from the fire and that damage was caused to the plant's ceiling, but not its equipment.

The fire occurred on one of the two stamping and molding lines in the factory, which also builds the Toyota Camry and Premio, as well as the Scion tC.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire, Toyota says. An investigation to determine the cause is underway.