A growing number of foreign automakers have been shifting more vehicle production to the US – including recent announcement by Nissan and Honda – but Toyota could be on the verge of taking an unprecedented step by producing all of the cars it sells in the US right here in North America. According to the Detroit Free Press, Bill Fay, VP and GM of Toyota US, hinted at such a possibility, but the wording in the report makes it sound like this is far from a done deal and would not apply to Scion or Lexus models.

Currently, the automaker already builds 70 percent of its US-sold cars in North America including some of its more popular models like the Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Tacoma and RAV4. While most of the Japanese-made Toyotas that are sold in the US are slower-selling models (like Land Cruiser, FJ Cruiser and Yaris), the Prius lineup is the glaring exception, and last we heard, Toyota still has plans to ship Prius production to the US by 2015. This is all a part of Toyota's plan to add 3,500 jobs in North America to go with recent investments totaling $1.6 billion.


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      automobileraider.com
      America has the resources
      Brent Booth
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ignorance in these comments is deafening. I cannot believe how heated people are getting about a JAPANESE company trying to create more jobs in a FOREIGN country to them. Good for Toyota!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brent Booth
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          techie69
          • 1 Year Ago
          Well Brent you are right, but there are alot of uneducated folks in the blog and still that shouldn\'t stop them to actually investigate facts rather than make an assumption using media like Fox or others.
          M5_4_life
          • 1 Year Ago
          Wow, you are very smart, nothing gets past your sharp eye!
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        Sorry, BD - I am a realist who doesn't worship any OEM - look in the mirror for a 'hater' who can't stand it when someone doesn't believe it when an informed person doesn't buy your line. Sorry - Toyota doesn't build near as many products here as the US based OEM's - "...building all their products here ...." they don't and aren't even close to doing so. And their engineering presence in the US is absolutely minuscule compared to the US based OEM's. That is what makes the biggest contribution to our countries economy!! Toyota and their kaisen partners all do the vast, vast majority of engineering work in Japan! And before you go there - 'styling' is NOT ENGINEERING! GM has more engineers in one building in the Warren Technical Center and Ford has more engineers in the buildings on Rotunda in Dearborn than Toyotas has in the entire US -these are facts, not BD biased horse manure! So yeah, continue with your biased and confused worship of a foreign based OEM! I want to see my country recover its middle class. Sorry, a few southern 'assembly' plants built by Toyota, with their newer plants all being built in Mexico, doesn't do it for our middle class. Ford is bringing more production back to the US and GM has the ONLY subcompact built in the US - the Sonic. Just the facts, BD - just the facts!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
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          zchmcqn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          To the silly numbnut who goes by the obviously fake name of "Alfonso" These statements you so proudly proclaim as "facts" are nothing but figments of your own imagination. There are no published documents proving that these UAW facilities and its workers are superior to those plant in right-to-work-states. Well...except if you read those distributed by the UAW itself. You know...the one that they distribute to you people while you were drinking in the job. GIven the lack of such documents at our disposal, we as consumers have to rely on published surveys. Such as Consumer Reports. This magazine surveys actual owners of the vehicles and reports on their satisfaction and whether they would purchase the same vehicle again. And as anyone who can read can tell you, vehicles manufactured in right-to-work states receive the highest ratings. Now these are FACTS. You don't have to listen to me jabber about it. You just have to read this magazine that's readily-available everywhere. Not some hokey, empty, ridiculous claims made by overly-biased insecure group of sad clowns you belong to. The sad fact that you cannot read is not an excuse for being pitifully gnorant.
          Brent Booth
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          Go away... This is a global economy and at least they are bringing more jobs here. They are a Japanese company, so I dont believe they are under any obligation to do this. Its good to see them trying however. Give it a rest and go on back down to your bible belt and fry something buddy.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      My toaster looks more fun to drive than that "sporty" Toyblanda
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        But after 200K miles, your toaster looks like and acts like it's scrap, while the Toyblanda laughs at you and keeps moving along.
        2MUCH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        LMAO so does my chair
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota makes me sick. They are such a suck up company. Why wait Toyota? You can do it right now, if you mean what you say. I can’t believe Americans buy this “they are just like us crap" because they open a plant here and there. The profit still goes to Japan.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Picking a location, getting everything approved, building a plant, tooling it, hiring & training, none of this is instant. And just in case your education has been totally wasted, profits don't go back to Japan. Money stays here for further r & d, marketing, etc. Japan has huge taxes if they try to bring the profit to Japan.
      Dr. Aquafresh
      • 1 Year Ago
      What about Lexus and Scion? Don't want to include them, because the number probably drops below 50%. The Japanese Big 3 have still done way more harm to the US domestic auto manufacturers, than they have helped with US jobs.
        Ben
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dr. Aquafresh
        I have no idea what you are talking about. The nature of companies are to compete. Of course in order to gain market share, some other company has to lose market share. Show me one company that helps direct competitors in order to make more money.
        zchmcqn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dr. Aquafresh
        Oh so you're "Dr. Aquafresh" now huh. LOL !!!!
      Renaurd
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the Camry was any uglier, Toyota would have to include free blindfolds to the owners.......and their family members.
      JDochev
      • 1 Year Ago
      But I don't want an American-built car... I like my clothes Italian, my cheese English, my wine French, my cars German (sometimes Japanese but NOT American or Korean or Chinese).
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JDochev
        Try throwing on a pair of Nikes, you'll feel better...
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      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering that the yen is killing profits on any Japan-built vehicle sold in the US, it isn't a surprise.
        michigan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        No need to vote that down, it's absolutely true
      William
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it not the case that the Toyota Camry has a much higher American-made content than domestic manufacturers?
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @William
        No, that is not the case at all. There are several American OEM products that have higher American made content than the Camry. Look at the facts, not the fudged numbers that that website publishes. They decided that they could fudge the numbers by using a multiplier for the quantity of Camrys sold to increase the US content - this is total horse manure!! Higher US content American OEM's vehicles are also big sellers, but not as many as the Camry. But here is the real truth - the US OEM's overall have much, much higher American content in their overall US sales than Toyota does in it's overall US sales - NONE of the Lexus or Scions are even built in the US, let alone North America!
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          The last time I checked the Matrix actually had the highest American parts content, but Canada is included in that "domestic" parts content. As a whole brand, Toyota assembles about 20% fewer cars in America than Ford, GM, and Chrysler. Calulating across their entire model lineup, GM, Ford, and Chrysler have the highest total domestic parts content in their lineups, and they employ almost three times as many people in America as all the import brands combined. I'd rather buy a car from an American-based company that employs three times more Americans than a car from an import brand just because it's assembled in America. Especially if it's a Camry. Also, the vehicles that the D3 import from other countries are almost all from Canada or Mexico. Canada and Mexico buy plenty of American-assembled cars from us. How many American cars do the Japanese buy from us compared to how many SUVs, Priuses, Scions, and Lexuses we import from Japan? http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2009/07/domestic-parts-content-and-automakers.html http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2012/07/american-made-index-which-automakers-affect-the-most-us-workers.html
          seanleeforever
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          well, number published on a reputable website still carrys more creditability from a random guy who post a comment online. besides, your comments makes no sense. William asked Toyota Camry and you brought out Lexus or Scions. and you asks us to look at the facts while not listing any of them. why don't you start by listing number of products that have higher american made content than camry?
          lne937s
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          The 2013 list isn't complete yet, so we only have the 2012 to go by. The fact is it wasn't the Camry that is the US assembled car with the most US/Canada parts content. It was the Toyota Avalon. The Toyota Matrix had the highest US/Canada parts content, but was assembled in Canada. In terms of US-assembled passenger cars, the Accord was in second place in parts content, followed by the horrid 200 convertible, then the Camry. Top Minivan was the Sienna, top pickup the Tundra. http://www.nhtsa.gov/Vehicle+Safety/Part+583+American+Automobile+Labeling+Act+(AALA)+Reports
          zchmcqn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          Hey nitwit "Alfonso" you have a -7 rating. And counting. LOL !!!!
      whofan
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new Camry is the nicest looking I`ve seen yet. Maybe Toyota is getting some mogo in it`s design? Been looking at Tacomas but I don`t want any issues with frame corrosion. My next Truck will be down sized because the new half tons are growing.
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