How importing parts forces Toyota to create jobs in the U.S.

It’s been no secret that in order to cut costs Ford and GM have been importing auto parts from other countries while pressuring domestic part makers to match those prices or start importing themselves. Even part suppliers for import automakers such as Honda have been feeling the strain.
But in an interesting upshot, this competition may be fueling the expansion of Toyota, the world’s second largest automaker, especially in the U.S.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the world’s second largest automaker is also faced with the same parts pressure as the Big Two and rival Japanese Honda, and is finding that it’s easier and more cost effective to build plants in the U.S. (called “transplants”) and assemble its vehicles using similar low-cost imported parts.

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