Toyota tweaks North America production strategy, moves Tacoma truck production to Mexico

In a statement, Toyota Motor Corp said it will be moving its production of the mid-size Tacoma pick-up truck from the U.S. to Mexico.

Toyota Motor Corp, Japan’s biggest automaker, stated by 2022, it will stop the production of its Toyota Sequoia in Indiana since that plant focuses on minivans and mid-size SUVs.

By late 2021, Toyota will end the production of the Tacoma and relocate the production of the Sequoia in 2022 to Texas.

Since 2004, Toyota has been building Tacoma trucks at its Baja California plant in Mexico. In December 2019, Toyota’s Guanajuato plant began the assembling of the Tacoma.

Toyota went on to say, Tacoma’s production capacity in Mexico will be about 266,000 per year.

In 2019, Toyota sold around 249,000 Tacoma pickup trucks in the U.S., up 1.3%.

In a statement Toyota said, these production related adjustment were to “improve the operational speed, competitiveness and transformation at its North American vehicle assembly plants based on platforms and common architectures.”

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to ensure that automakers will still be able to build pickup trucks in Mexico without facing new punitive tariffs in the United States.

On Friday, Toyota had said it has completed a $1.3 billion modernization investment in its Indiana operations which will create 550 jobs.

Toyota also mentioned that as a result of these operational adjustments, direct jobs at any of its facilities across North America will not be affected.

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