• Aug 29, 2009
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As even mighty Toyota finds itself with excess production capacity in North America and elsewhere, the Japanese automaker has finally made the decision to shutter an assembly plant. The loss of the Pontiac Vibe means that it wasn't viable to keep the NUMMI factory in Fremont, CA operating on its own, but the rest of the products it builds are still in demand to varying degrees.

We've already heard that production of the mid-size Tacoma pickup truck would be consolidated with its big brother the Tundra in San Antonio TX. The other remaining product from NUMMI was the Corolla sedan. The volume that had been produced in California will reportedly now come out Toyota's Cambridge, Ontario factory where the compact car is already built. It's not known at this time if the move will result in any additional jobs at the Cambridge plant. Thanks for the tip, Dave!



[Source: Montreal Gazette]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Does this mean the Matrix is dead or does Toyota view the Matrix as a 5-door Corrolla? I love the idea of wagons and it kills me to see more SUV's, er um CUV's. If a car company wants to produce more fuel efficient vehicle they should build wagons.

      But when I think this is logical I am often reminded of my friend who says, "I need an SUV to commute down the expressway 25 miles each way to work because I don't feel safe in a car..."
      • 5 Years Ago
      @click.kas

      They aren't changing the place of production. As Judy said in previous posts, the Corolla has been built in Cambridge for over 20 years. A LARGE number of the Corollas sold in North America over the past 20 years have been built in Canada.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota-fans are the same s*** of the Applehead. Toyota is always right, even when they pay more for an ordinary and ugly car with nothing better than competition. Well, but it's a Toyota :rolleyes:
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pay more? Some people actually care about total cost of ownership and much of the time the Toyota model is cheaper to own because of much lower depreciation and repair costs. Buying a Corolla or Camry means even if you need repairs the parts are about as cheap as possible. And maintenance costs are a lot lower than cars from VW (especially the diesels autobloggers seem to love so very much where regular maintenance at the dealership is a money pit).
        That's why a Camry has a lower true cost of ownership than the Chevy Impala, the Hyundai Sonata, and most of all the Fusion (a 4 cylinder automatic Camry is $3000 cheaper over 5 years).
        It's fairly ignorant to only consider up front costs since a car isn't just the up front cost-that only makes up about 50% of the cost of the car. Insurance rates, depreciation, maintenance, and fuel all add up over the years.
        They don't sell more cars because customers get less for more money, quit being an idiot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My numbers aren't broken at all-but the price you get depends on which zip code you put since the price you pay for insurance varies by zip code, so the cars that are close in cost can switch positions depending on zip code. In many zip codes I've checked the Camry comes out on top, and even if the Sonata is $200 cheaper over 5 years in your particular zip code it still proves my point that the up front cost is a dumb way to judge costs since the Sonata starts out a heck of a lot more than $200 cheaper.
        Other cars like the Fusion don't come close in any zip code.

        Comparison in NYC:
        Camry/Sonata/Malibu/Altima/Accord NY:
        http://www.edmunds.com/new/2009/toyota/camry/100975556/cto.html?step=2&setzip=10013

        Comparison in North Carolina (Raleigh):
        http://www.edmunds.com/new/2009/toyota/camry/100975556/cto.html?step=2&setzip=27601

        Comparison in San Francisco (the Sonata edges this one by a hundred bucks):
        http://www.edmunds.com/new/2009/toyota/camry/100975556/cto.html?step=2&setzip=94107

        My point was that up front costs are only a fraction of actually owning the car so the fact that the Camry costs more up front than something cheaper to begin with like a Sonata doesn't mean that Camry owners are mindlessly paying more money since their total cost of ownership can actually be lower (or at least similar). Not that other cars don't end up having similar costs of ownership-but that diego's comment was an ignorant way of looking at costs since he's only looking at what you pay at the dealership and not the money you pay for insurance, maintenance, and repairs year after year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @the4thheat

        Your numbers are broken. According to Edmunds True Cost of Ownership the 5 year cost of a base Camry is $227 less than the base Malibu (the Sonata is $211 less than Camry), and in average cost per mile the Camry is the same as the Malibu at $0.53/mile.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perhaps Tesla could consider this plant.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't think they need something that big though.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      LMFAO @ more California jobs leaving the state. Leftists never learn, but they do "hope" for "change" as long as someone else has to pay the tab. Heaven forbid they gotta do something for themselves, but now they have to whine about their golden boy Toyota leaving them in the lurch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Smegley Toyota would not be the lefts golden boy as Toyota's ties to union's are not that great. As for you saying the left hopes for change as long as some one else has the tab is fantasy and fear created by fox news and the mad among the right but hey Sorry if asking a person of 250k to pay their fair amount in taxes is harsh .That change the right fears is the tax bracket the right's mr reagon imposed on wealthy people, so whats to cry about really! ALSO I HOPE FOR YOUR SAKE NO ONE EVER LAUGH AT YOU IF YOU EVER BECOME UNEMPLOYED. TO Laugh at these job losses is pretty twisted My Friend !
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be cool if the Toyota Corolla ceased to exist.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry thin, that was meant for Farmer down below. Autoblog lousy comment system strikes again. Took 3 clicks just to get the correct "reply to" for this post.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It would be a very Thin day in hell before Toyota ever retired the Corolla nameplate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Remember back in the days of the Bailout of the auto industry. Remember how people who lived outside of the rust belt didn't care about whether the industry fail or succeeded. When GM and Chrysler closed hundreds of dealerships people got their first dose. These dealerships sponsored many local events that pretty much overnight had no sponsorship in addition to job loss. Now, GM pulls out of NUMMI and Toyota no longer has use for it and closes its doors laying off all those Toyota workers in California. Whoever thought that the folks in CA would be effected about what is going on in Detroit. Could you imagine if both GM and Chrysler had went under?
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM and Chrysler DID go under. Your government just hasn't pulled the life support plug yet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Tankd0g

        Right on target. The bailouts are an 18 to 24 month postponement of the liquidation of both companies until the economy can handle the closures better.

        I don't believe that the Administration or most Congressmembers of either party have any illusions otherwise.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ? Don't they already build it at one of the TMMC plants?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ TankDog
        I've been around for a few years. I'm wondering the same thing about the excess volume. The article mentions excess capacity, not volume.
        • 5 Years Ago
        read much?
        " The volume that had been produced in California will reportedly now come out Toyota's Cambridge, Ontario factory where the compact car is already built."
      • 5 Years Ago
      no thanks we dont want it
        • 5 Years Ago
        We already build it anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey smegley you tool, the top 3% control something like 95% of the wealth so yeah, paying 60% of the tax burden is more than fair and the solution to tax shelters isn't to lower taxes. We would never be able to lower taxes to match what a third world country charges. The solution is to close the loopholes. There is also an article on slate indicating that the TARP investment may not only break even but might even generate a profit. Another fox news talking point down the drain. Morons like you make me sick. Don't forget to make your death panel/rationing care poster for the rally, DUMBASS!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The few of us that know about quality automobiles, know that the toyota has always been junk. Outside of the job loss in California, I would like to see toyota pack-up and go back to japan. They truly do make junk. There is not one car I have or would purchase from them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't put it that way, but the bigger Toyota gets, the harder it becomes to control quality and the more truths about their quality issues come out. Guess what? A car is a machine and machines break.
        • 5 Years Ago
        While I don't agree with your assessment that all Toyotas are junk, I did have a particularly bad experience with a Corolla-Tercel. My Toyota (the first car I paid for with my own money) had a crappy transmission and the brakes were horrendous. It contrasted with my Mazda 626 which soldiered on for quite some time and was a strong-runner up until I graduated from college and bought my first brand-new car.

        So, are Toyotas junk? Probably not. Would I buy one? Never again. They are boring cars at any rate. Uninspired for certain. Too much cool iron out there to choose from to drive them. And please, don't get me going on Camry drivers. That car must possess its drivers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota is junk with all these recalls .I think they should change their name to recalota , lol

      Toyota Is not supporting our economy by laying off more U.S workers. I know not all might agree but If Recalota can't support the worker's of it's Biggest pool of buyers then I say don't buy their junk
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah it's totally Toyota's fault that they had tried to make a GM plant run as efficiently as their own plants and not at all the fault of the geniuses who worked there. You know, the geniuses who ignored Toyota's own quality control inspector and got them sued.
        Seriously, NUMMI gave Toyota no reason to keep them around and every reason to dump them and run as far away as possible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @farmer0904
        well what would you do? keep a factory operating at half its volume (if that) and lose money in the process? i know i wouldnt. and what do you suggest we do buy? American?? i'll pass....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota has no obligations to the US economy. If they need to stop production somewhere, they'll do it - whether it's Asia or Europe.

        To say "boycott Toyota!" because they moved to another factory is like boycotting a restaurant because they closed, relocated to another part of town, and hired new staff.
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