Toyota Motor Corp.’s U.S. dealers say they are experiencing high demand for the all-new Prius gas-electric hybrid vehicle. Toyota reports about 10,000 orders for the ’04 model have been placed prior to its Oct. 17 debut. Breaking that figure down, some 3,000 are pre-orders; 4,000 are advance public and private fleet orders; more than 1,200 are orders from Toyota’s rental car operation, TRAC; and more than 1,200 orders have been placed through an early-buyer Internet program dubbed “Prius ...

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