Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2006 (Revised December 2006)

Toyota Motor Corporation: Launching Prius

by Forest L. Reinhardt, Dennis A. Yao and Masako Egawa

Abstract

In 1995, Hiroshi Okuda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., considers whether to push for a more aggressive launch of the Toyota Prius--an automobile that incorporates Toyota's new and technically advanced hybrid power train. This launch decision allows discussion of the importance of the Prius in Toyota's overall product strategy and explores issues ranging from market structure to competitive advantage and competitive dynamics.

Keywords: Environmental Sustainability; Product Launch; Transportation; Brands and Branding; Manufacturing Industry; Green Technology Industry; Auto Industry; Japan;

Citation:

Reinhardt, Forest L., Dennis A. Yao, and Masako Egawa. "Toyota Motor Corporation: Launching Prius." Harvard Business School Case 706-458, January 2006. (Revised December 2006.)