First the Tundra, then a Camry in NASCAR, now they are building trucks in Texas?! The line between domestic and import cars will become even fuzzier as Toyota continues its assault on becoming the number one auto manufacturer in North America and the world.

Over the next 2-3 years, they will add two more assembly plants in North America, bringing the total to seven including the Subaru facility in Indiana. Plans for the new facilities are to build the Yaris and an as-of-yet unnamed sport-utility. With five North American vehicle manufacturing plants currently cranking out 4,200 vehicles daily (1.55 million in 2005), including the Tacoma, Corolla, Camry, Lexus RX350, Tundra, Sequoia, Sienna, Solara, and Avalon, we can only fear what is next. The newest facility in San Antonio, Texas is building the 2007 Tundra pick-up truck. Hmm, a Japanese automaker building trucks in Texas. Someone at Toyota is laughing all the way to the bank.


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