It's been a tough couple of years for Toyota.
First was the entire sudden-acceleration mess, along with multiple recalls covering almost 10 million cars.
Then came the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which devastated Toyota's intricate global network of parts and assembly plants.
But with a return to full production now moved up to September from the end of the year, the company says that sales of its crucial Prius hybrid will be better than ever for 2012.
So if you're planning on buying a Prius, wait a few months and you'll have no problem.
2011 Toyota Prius
June sales of Prius models fell by almost two-thirds, to the lowest number delivered in more than six years.
While the company sold its millionth U.S. Prius in April--and its two-millionth globally last October--one- and two-year used Prius models are reportedly fetching as much or more as their purchase price on the used-car market.
Prius shortages first cropped up in 2009, after an all-new 2010 Prius was released early in the year and demand had risen after the gas-price surge of 2008.
With this spring's soaring gasoline price, gas mileage is on many consumers' minds. And at an EPA combined fuel-efficiency rating of 50 mpg, the 2011 Toyota Prius is the single most fuel-efficient vehicle sold in the U.S. this year.
2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011
Toyota expects Prius sales to rise next year not only due to demand for the mainstay five-door hatchback, but because additional Prius models will hit the showrooms.
And there are more Priuses to follow, including the 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrid that will go on sale by June 2012, plus a compact-size Prius model previewed by the Prius C concept at January's Detroit Auto Show.