• Jan 5, 2007
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Toyota is in the process of scouting locations and performing feasibility studies on opening another plant in the U.S.
The addition of another manufacturing center within the States would make the total number of ToMoCo plants rise to eight, further shoring up production capacity in one of its most prosperous markets.

According to sources cited by the WSJ, Toyota has five locations in mind, all of which are in the southern U.S., and currently include Chattanooga, TN and Marion, AR. Back in mid-December, the SouthernAutoCorridor.com reported that sites in North Carolina and Southwest Virginia were being reconed as well.

There may be an announcement about Toyota's intentions later this month and according to the WSJ's sources, the plant will likely produce Highlander SUVs to the tune of about 200k per year, when the plant opens in 2009.

[Source: Drive.com.au, Wall Street Journal, SouthernAutoCorridor.com]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yawn, another silly pissing match. I don't know why I read the comments on Autoblog anymore. It's getting ridiculous, people.
      David in PA
      • 8 Years Ago
      First of all, che, anytime one of you GM apologists mentions Chrysler it’s always to say they AREN’T American, so the 300 doesn’t count and it’s why I didn’t mention it. Secondly, style is a matter of subjective opinion and because YOU don’t like the Camry doesn’t mean it has no style. To many it does. I’m not a big fan, but it’s certainly more stylish than the 500 and you can’t compare it to a TRUCK, as you try to do by mentioning SUVs.
      To your point on slide 13, it is talking about maintenance costs by the consumer NOT warranty costs paid by the manufacturer which is what I was referring to. But anyway, the small amount extra you pay for maintenance of the Japanese car is often returned to you in value at trade-in or resale and in the likelihood of fewer repairs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "There is not single company in the world, including all USA companies, where the upper management goes to bed at night,worried about some poor guy in North Carolina, USA has a job or not."

      I don't know. With over $300Billion in debt GM would have ample excuse to close shop (bankruptcy) and move all production to China (or at least Mexico) if they wanted to. Before you state that bankruptcy would ruin them, maybe and maybe not. You know how many U.S. manufacturing companies have already done that and are back selling (mediocre foreign made crap)? I'm thinking Polaroid for one. As long as the current GM warranties get filled (probably by the underwriters and some GM) and the customer isn't totally screwed, they would probably buy all Mexican GM products if the price was right.

      But the bottom line is that it is much easier for Toyota or Honda to make a vehicle here than GM. First, they don't use unions (lightly unionized NUMMI is a joint-venture and makes 2, yes 2, Toyota vehicles http://www.nummi.com/vehicles.html and both the Toyota vehicles are subsidized with Mexican (Tacoma) and Canadian (Corolla) plant versions of the vehicles). Second, Honda makes up to 70% of their world-wide profit here and Toyota makes much of their profit here so financially it is easier. Third, all Japanese car plants in America have had major state subsidies while most of GM and Ford factories have been around so long that the subsidies were never given to those factories.


      And you think the previous commenters are crazy for writing that Toyota doesn't pay taxes? Here you go... http://www.toyota.com/about/news/manufacturing/2006/12/07-1-tmmk.html. Yes, they are paying directly to the schools BUT this only means they are paying what they want when they want. It would be like an individual paying no taxes but saying I give to charity whatever amount I see fit each year to make up for it. Wouldn't you want that deal?






      "LIKE THE AMERICAN COMPANIES USED TO DO."

      Makes no sense. Your point that Toyota is more American not because of all the plants (taxes paid to America) or jobs supported it is because Toyota makes a profit now and GM and Ford don't. If all American manufacturing had to either move operations to China or Mexico or Malaysia or go bankrupt then that *is* (as opposed to was) American manufacturing now.

      But if you want to state how Toyota is more American because they make profit like American companies used then one could also state that Americans don't buy as many American products like they used to do. There are American made clothes that you could get online but it is easier to go get the ones not down the street. So I guess Americans are just as un-American as GM and Ford now-a-days.

      • 8 Years Ago
      See the Post about the Peugeot 207 RC to see what soul and heart really are in a car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It really is pitiful the license that the internet gives some people to spout crap. I'm not a Toyota lover by any means, but I really hate BS attacks on Toyota b/c they are big.

      FIRST: GM is not an underdog. GM was the worlds largest auto producer when my grandfather was conceived. I don't pity the company or the employees. If the company is in trouble it's pretty much through mismanagement and negligence. Please, save your conspiracy theories.

      SECOND: Cars do not have souls. I have a soul, my dog has a soul, my entire family has souls, my car is a mass produced hunk of metal. Asthetics and driving dynamics are nice, but in that department, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I've found that most people's complaints against cars without souls are b/c they hate everything mediocre, suburban, common, boring. If you want to stand out, fine, just be honest for your reasons.

      THIRD: GM's plants vs. Toyota's plants here (and the same goes for # of employees) are apples and oranges. GM sells many more cars here than Toyota does, and also Toyota runs a leaner and more efficient operation. This last statement is a FACT. Let all the kids run out and cry and shake their fists at the big mean FACTS, but any adults who depend on rationality are more than welcome to educate themselves in the book titled "The Machine That Changed the World : Based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5-Million-Dollar 5-Year Study on the Future of the Automobile" By: James P. Womack.

      FOURTH: Toyota's impact on local communities is absolutely great. To many places, a Toyota plant would be a godsend. At Toyota's Georgetown plant, the workers are about 65/35 regular employees and temps. After working as a temp for up to 2 years, if Toyota likes your work, you get offered regular employment. Starting wage for temps 10 bucks an hour, regular employees start at 20 bucks an hour and get a good set of benefits. This is better than ANY other manufacturing organization in my area. Might I add, you can get these jobs with a HS diploma, and in my area, most Toyota employees make more than teachers. So yes, I would say that in the long run, a Toyota Plant is worthing paying the big bucks for, Georgetown has been turning out cars and paying nice salaries for over 20 years. Let's not mention the other 20+ companies that Toyota commanded locate within 30 minutes of their plant, those suppliers impact is just icing on the cake.

      FIFTH: Toyota isn't a great company, they are just a company. A company is an abstract idea, so it can't be evil or good. Yes in their past they have taken what they could get from anywhere they could get it. That reminds me of GM, Ford, DCX, VW, etc. I've found that most peoples opinions stem not from their knowledge, but from their ignorance. Most people are guided by their prejudices.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just sayin what I have on my mind:

      First, I'm 22 and I'm from Canada so I won't get involve in the economic part of the discussion.

      But so far I owned a Toyota Tercel, a Honda Accord and a Nissan Sentra. And the only thing I came to realize is that they cost an awful lot for repairs compare to American cars my dad had in the meanwhile.

      And being looking mainly for a used pickup or suv these days, well I realize asian cars are way too overpriced.
      A Tacoma 4 doors 2001 with over 100000kms on it goes for about 20,000$ while I could get a Dakota V8 4 doors 4x4 2003 for 22,000$ with a damn load of options. I don't pretend to be a car specialist but still the Dakota seems much more a bargain to me. And also more tough than that Tacoma.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #13 your comment demonstrates exactly what i'm saying. first of all, if you got a lemon, that's bad luck, and that can happen to anyone with any brand, so that's just about the dumbest reason i've ever heard to leave the domestics. what exactly did you buy after your stang? because i know toyota couldn't make anyhting as beautiful or stylish as the stang if the existence of their company depended on it. all they're good for is toyota corollas and tercels. EW

      second, toyota's products are not better quality than anything the domestics have to offer. if you read this Detroit News survey, you'll notice that, whereas the typical asian car requires $209 in maintenance over the first three years, the typical domestic only requires $163. Why? because the asians charge a lot more for routine maintenance. they sucker people who don't know any better into buying their cars, thinking that they're more reliable, but then you end up paying more for maintenance. so that's the secret! whoops...

      Of course, i understand people's annoyance with the domestics...the interiors are piss-poor. that's why i stick to german cars (audi only for me, thank you). but at least, when i buy foreign cars, i buy them to get performance and heart, not mass produced soul-less hunks of steel.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #4... Toyota (along with Honda's help) is killing the whole world's car industry. they make bland cars, with no effort at all put into design, style, sould, or engineering. all they say is "we're reliable, we're reliable" which, by the way, is patently a lie, because they have been shown in recent years to be MUCH more unreliable and problem prone than your typical domestic. they just have this aura among stupid yuppies that they are nice cars, even though, really, they are among the worst pieces of crap this world has to offer.

      toyota makes cars that are completely void of any heart. like i've said many times, my whirpool dishwasher has more soul than anything toyota puts out, in any of its market segments. and then, they try to invent for themselves some racing cred by signing up for Formula 1 (where they invest more than anybody, but still have never won a single race) and Nascar, where you see their camry-like car as a clown on the track... Toyota is the devil incarnate in the automobile world, and the sooner it dies, the happier every car enthusiast the world over will be.

      The only good thing Toyota has ever done is to make the Land Cruiser, 4Runner and Hilux becuase, to put respect where it's due, they are the trucks, along with the Nissan Patrol, that allow the 3rd world to function without any roads.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just hope that our idiotic Democrat governor doesn't give away the farm to entice the japanese to build the plant in Chattanooga. These plants do very little to improve the local economy, since they pay no taxes and are exempt from every regulation that their American counterparts have to abide by. The few "locals" they hire are the lowest paid, most expendable of the workers. In the meantime, they produce more congestion, cause roads and traffic patterns to have to be relocated, and strain already strained infrastructure, all the while thumbing their noses at the local taxes because of their exemptions. If they would be forced to enter into plant building on a level playing field, then they would not even consider building in the US.
      • 8 Years Ago
      http://www.gm.com/company/corp_info/global_operations/north_america/usa.html

      Scroll down the page then click on:

      Then go here for information on US facilities

      Don’t use the zip code, just the state add up the plants.

      Toyota 8 plants? Sorry boys drop in the bucket.

      Then add up the total number of employees with both companies

      • 8 Years Ago
      Thank you chris, i have to say, your analysis is pretty much right on.

      of course, the domestics have their flaws as well, but the japanese are by no means infallible.

      Also, Logiste, clearly, you've never owned an Audi. These claims that audis are 'unreliable' are complete crap. I've owned my A4 cabrio for over 2 years now, and i've only taken it to the dealership perhaps 4 times (5,000 mile checkup, 15K checkup, 25K checkup, and once the glove box had a problem openin). hardly unreliable. Audis use to be unreliable in the early 90s, but are now conisdered by far the best german car BY GERMANS. I don't understand how people will make blanket statements like "oh no audis are unreliable" without ever having owned one. I have, and the number of people I know who either have owned or do own audis are pretty much all very satisfied with their cars. One thing that I don't like, however, about Audi is their dealerships themselves...they need to train salesmen much better...You're selling a luxury car for pete's sake, not a pontiac. Give me the keys, i can test drive the car myself without you sittin gnext to me...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Everyone rise and bow down to the car enthusiast, I wish I had more money than brains so that I could call my self a car enthusiast.#7 you live your life let me live mine.
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