Not immune to the effects of soaring gas prices, Toyota Motor Corp., like its Detroit cousins, has announced plans to suspend production of its full-size pickup Tundra and its truck-based SUV Sequoia. Toyota plans to halt production starting August 8th. As gas prices continue to escalate, the demand for trucks and truck-based SUVs has decreased. Sales of the vehicles are down and inventory isn't moving. Toyota has the capacity to build 400,000 trucks but forecasts indicate only 150,000 in actual sales. Their trucks are sitting on lots for 64 days before they sell. These stats are almost unheard of for Toyota according to analysts at J.D. Power and Associates. The cutbacks in production will affect more than 10% of Toyota's 43,000 employees. Toyota is now faced with the challenge of focusing its manufacturing operations on its best sellers in the current market conditions. A new plant is under construction in Blue Springs, Missouri where Toyota will build hybrid Priuses, and production of hybrid Highlanders will move to Indiana. The decrease in demand for more gas intensive vehicles is causing productions shifts for American automakers and changing the face of the auto industry.