FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Toyota doesn't think it will sell as many cars in Germany as it originally hoped this year as it has failed to keep up with demand for its hybrid-powered cars in the country, an executive told a German paper.
"Reaching 80,000 cars this year will not be possible," the head of Toyota Germany, Toshiaki Yasuda, told Handelsblatt newspaper in an advance copy of an interview published today.
"Right now, I think it will be more like 78,000," he told the paper.
Yasuda said Toyota had been too slow in delivering the battery packs needed for hybrid cars from Japan.
"Hybrid cars make up around 40 percent of our sales, but if you look at the real demand it's more like 60 percent," Yasuda said, adding that waiting times for its Prius, Auris and Yaris hybrid cars were now down to between three and four months, from a previous six to nine months.
Sales of Toyota vehicles fell 9 percent in the first 10 months in Germany to 62,009, according to data from the country's federal transport authority (KBA). This gave the carmaker a market share of 2.5 percent.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report