• Oct 8th 2008 at 6:30PM
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Toyota builds many of its U.S. market vehicles right here in America. Among them are the Toyota Tacoma, Sienna minivan and Sequoia SUV, which is built alongside its Tundra full-size truck sibling. For the most part, they are all meant to be sold in the States, their primary market. It's no secret that sales of these big SUVs and trucks are way down, and Toyota doesn't want to idle its plants if it can help it. Therefore, the Japanese automaker is rumored to be in the midst of sending these light trucks out of the country. The Tacoma, for instance, could be sent to Mexico from Toyota's plant in Baja, California. To keep the plant in Princeton, Indiana running, the Sienna could be exported to Latin America and the gas-guzzling Sequoia to the Middle East, a place where oil supplies are obviously not in danger of dwindling.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This has the potential to reduce the U.S. trade deficit.

      I'm all for it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "the Middle East, a place where oil supplies are obviously not in danger of dwindling."

      Er... oil is is danger of dwindling everywhere (eventually). It's just much much cheaper there and there's more sand to stick your head in...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good idea Toyota.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does this mean we'll be able to snag some nice international market Toyota diesels around here anytime soon?
      • 7 Years Ago
      i thought tacos are made in fremont
      • 7 Years Ago
      This could be a perfect opportunity for "positive outsourcing." Instead of sending jobs overseas, lets send all of the gas-guzzling SUV's overseas.

      I can't wait until the day when gas is $11 and all of the hulking SUV's are off the driveways of suburbia.
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