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Toyota has decided to shift production of all non-hybrid Highlander crossovers for the North American market to its Princeton, Indiana assembly plant. The move is intended to help shield Toyota from fluctuating exchange rates. When Yoshimi Inaba took over as president and COO of Toyota North America a year ago, one of his stated aims was to increase North American production of Toyota and Lexus vehicle above the 60 percent level.

Toyota originally shifted production of the Highlander to Princeton after it consolidated production of its slow-selling Tundra pickups in San Antonio and the new Mississippi factory was put on hold. Because most of the hybrid powertrain components are supplied from Japanese factories, the gas-electric Highlanders will continue to be sourced from Toyota's Kyushu factory. Production of non-hybrid Highlanders for North American export is expected to end in August.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That's good news for America, more jobs for us.

      Nice, Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That depends on how many non-hybrid Highlanders were actually being imported. I don't think many were. It is entirely possible the US staff could absorb the increase in production without adding any jobs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that they would have to add a couple of shift workers.

        I'd imagine that the assembly of the hybrid model is a bit more complicated than the regular run of the mill Highlander.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's really quite ugly. Not as bad as the prior generation, but ugly all the same.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow...pick your poison on US production of Highlanders. I preferred the Japanese-produced Highlander...fewer post-production problems, higher quality. No longer a choice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You have factual information to back the the idea that the units produced in Japan have any significant difference in quality from those produced in Princeton, RIGHT?

        If not, then... whatever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do you own one?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good news, might as well as we consume most of them. Such a wonderful truck, fantastic mpg in hybrid form, pleasure to drive, the most reliable truck or suv I've ever owned.
        • 4 Years Ago
        man that's funny, you've got a gti and mini, i've got a gti and r32. when i bought the hybrid highlander the 4runner wasn't out (at least the new one) but honestly, for my needs it didn't matter. The highlander hybrid's awd system is pretty weak, designed mostly for rain and snow, and those are the only conditions i use it in really, and there it works wonderfully. but the mpg for such a larger comfortable jack of all trades as you put it is pretty amazing. Driving it without anyone else I've seen up to 30mpg combined in a tank and driving it with five adults, the rear totally packed with luggage and toys on top I saw 25mpg combined... so basically, the big potentially 7 passenger suv is averaging better economy than my GTI on a good day and 25% better economy than the R32 on a bad day, pretty awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What an odd place to take a glamor shot in that cover pic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah true that haha

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