• Oct 30, 2006

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.

[Source: CNNMoney.com]




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      • 8 Years Ago
      With the domestics providing much tougher competition, look for Toyota to find it ever-increasingly difficult to gain additional market share. The American car buyer is beginning to realize that domestic quality and reliability are on a par with the Nippons.


      To Adam at Post #12:
      About 40% of the vehicles Toyota sells in the US are manufactured in Japan with virtually all Nipponese parts and labor. Of the other 60% assembled in America, the bulk of their components are made in Japan and shipped here. Adam, this translates into the loss of tens of thousands of American auto industry jobs. Dont' gloss over these facts - they are cutting American jobs for your generation and transferring them to Japan. Perhaps you can move there for your next employment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It was well rumored that toyota was involved in a move to create a giant factory near Weyer's Cave, Virginia, just off I-81 and near the I-64 intersection. Don't know what the current status of the project is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bernie,

      Is it truly helpful to us? Where do those profits go ... certainly not into our social security!
      • 8 Years Ago
      North America does not necessarily mean United States. Don't get your hopes up too high yet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's Ironic that more and more Domestic brands are built in Mexico while more and more Japanese brands are built in the USA. But this is just as much business smarts as it is image building for Toyota. It is cheaper for them to build there cars in the USA, than it is to build them in Japan then ship them to the USA. The "we are American too" image they are touting is just icing on their cake.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "all I can say that while GM spend a few bilion to build a plant in China, TM, Nissan, Hyundai and Honda are spending billions building their plants here
      I guess those few billions din't go to the US huh?"

      Hmmm. I thought all car manufacturers had plants in China now. Sorry, I forgot GM was the only one, those bad guys. If GM made billions on the exchange rate alone (like Toyota) they could afford to put a new plant in the U.S. every year.


      - you missed the point. GM needs to make sure they come up with good product for the US before they attach another market. they are spending a few billion in China while loosing money.

      by the way go to the holden website and check out their products. wow - some of those cars look like they belong in a class with Audi and BMW - that's the problem with GM - they are slow to react to our market here in the US because they like to bank on nationalism/patriotism.

      personally I ain't gonna become a sheep and just buy a car cause it's the patriotic thing to do. If you ain't got what I want, I ain't gonna buy it and unless you bring what I want then you are useless to me and I could care less if you exist

      Economy will settle in where it needs to be even if a big US car manufacturer goes extinct, ther may be a few troubled years, but hey - just 60years ago people went thru 2 world wars and somehow we still here on this planet and we wil remain here.

      I think the American mentalityhas been all but muted to "all safe all the time" and that why everyone here buys into this life insurance crap too. people have become to afraid of change and hardship, but once in a while we all need a refresh of it to get back on track
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Since they are stealing jobs from Americans"

      errrr, how? care to explain that one?
      • 8 Years Ago
      For all of the posters who complain at this news, which is better - a Ford being built in Mexico, or a Toyota being built in the U.S.? It is a complicated economic model and has many economic spin offs for any economy where they are built and/or sold. This is a global industry now, and countries are begging car companies for manufacturing or assembly plants. Be thankful it didn't go to China. The big 3 had protection for decades and are still losing the market.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Well perhaps Toyota hopes that by building vehicles in North America they can appeal to those patriotic buyers who generally avoid buying imports. Time will tell whether they are successful in this regard or not.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What's to "fear" about Toyota's expansion. Toyota, Honda and Nissan are growing and creating American jobs while the Big 1 3/4 is laying tens of thousands off.

      The only people who need to be fearful are the UAW. For the rest of the nation it's all good!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hi...My last comment on this topic today. I don't remember the year, but it was decades ago, when our US Govt. imposed import restrictions on the number of cars foreigh manufacturers could import into the States. All in the interest of protecting the BIG THREE. The loop hole then was for the foreigners to build their manufacturing facilities here. You know the rest. And in the continuing spirit of competetion our US BIG 3 sought to be competetive by moving to Canada and Mexico to build cars for way less for sale in the States. And here we are. Foreign companies are still building here and now GM is bringing in iron from New Zealand. I just can't keep up. Have a nice day.
      John B
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Far East needs jobs, but we need an industry. The Auto market is the only major one we have left outside of lumber, steel, and entertainment. The Big 3 lay off people because they cannot afford to keep them and be competitive with the Asian manufacturers. The Big 3 build factories outside our country for the same reason. The quality of many American cars is now nearly as good as any Honda or Toyota. The more Asian cars we buy the more lay offs there will be, so why buy Asian? Also, 8% of the jobs in this country are from U.S. automanufacturers (figure 16+million people) while foreign automakers account for 2%. http://www.greenmachinestour.org/
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