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This morning saw the very last car roll off of the NUMMI assembly line. At 9:40 a.m., a red Toyota Corolla drove off under the watchful eyes of workers, white-collars and union leaders. Toyota and General Motors have been cranking out cars and trucks at the facility since 1984, but GM backed out of the partnership in June of last year as part of its restructuring program. Toyota announced it would be closing down operations soon after, and, true to its word, things shut down this morning.

Mercury News is reporting that worker reactions were varied, with some heading off to local bowling allies alleys [Thanks, Wobbly_ears!] while others fought to hold back tears. And what of that last car? Word has it the Corolla will eventually find its way to a museum somewhere in Japan.

[Source: Mercury News | Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      "...a red Toyota Corolla drove off under the watchful eyes of workers, white-collars and union leaders..."

      It then sped off on its own, slamming into a wall. NASA is investigating.

      /little toyota humor

      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait a minute here..let me get this straight..gm backed out as half owners..And number one toyota could not handel the cost of running this factory alone..gm is practically broke and was broke at that time...So how does the number 1 car maker not keep this plant open.?.I mean that american public made you number one..but you you still can't keep these people working..If i owned a toyota i would dump it now in pro-test..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder whether there will be any business left here in California after a few years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We used to call those cars the Toylet, being half Chevy, half Toyota. They were produced on the same assembly line, which would divert cars for model specific assemblies. They were otherwise identical. there were occasions where a car would roll off the line bearing both companies badges. Not sad to see them go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you have not yet listened to this, it is worth an hour of your time:

        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep. That podcast was EXCELLENT. You can find it via iTunes store as well (it's free).
        • 4 Years Ago
        thanks that was a great pod cast ,,,,,im sorry for the people that lost there job,,,, well if there is anything good out of toyota shutting down it is that we will be keeping the money right here in good ole USA which is going down the tubes anyway
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a NUMMI car - a Geo Prizm, which is really a rebadged Corolla. Best car I`ve ever owned. It`s a 1996, and runs like a top - and surprisingly spunky! 230K and only trip to the shop ever was for an alternator a few years ago. I only change the oil in it about every 15k now. It still runs absolutely perfect.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Worst collector car ever?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The old school Rollas are very cool....and theres many ppl who see them as collector item.

        • 4 Years Ago
        With the exception of maybe the FX, every Corolla ever considered "collectible" by any notable amount of people was either RWD or AWD.

        ...in fact, think of any RWD Toyota-badged vehicle, and you'll find that it's a cult classic car for a group of people somewhere out there...
      • 4 Years Ago
      i worked there a long time ,bought a truck built there ,even bought a new GM product and i will never buy from them ever again
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bad for the economy, but anything that weakens the union ( organized crime ) is good for America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad day, too bad Toyota couldn't use or that GM didn't want to anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another Union success story!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Caveot....Ford Trucks are great also, their cars suck as does the entire Chrysler lineup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oakland Raider's new stadium site for 2012 ?
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