Toyota Moves The Production Of Its Tacoma Out Of The USA
Jan. 21, 2020
Toyota is amid a massive investment in its U.S. operations, $13 billion over five years through 2021. It’s spent half already, $7.1 billion retooling plants, adding jobs, and moving models to new factories. However, part of that realignment will see Toyota Tacoma production end in the U.S. in late-2021 at its San Antonio factory. That will put all Tacoma production in Mexico. The change comes as Toyota refocuses its Texas plant production on full-size body-on-frame trucks and SUVs.
The factory will continue to build the Toyota Tundra and the Toyota Sequoia will replace Tacoma production sometime in 2022. Last summer, Toyota announced another $391 million investment in the facility, which brings the company’s total investment in the property to $3 billion. Toyota currently builds the Sequoia at its Indiana plant, where the company will continue to assemble the Toyota Highlander, Highlander hybrid, and Toyota Sienna. The third-generation Toyota Tacoma, which is still one of the best-selling vehicles in America, debuted for the 2016 model year, and it just received a mid-cycle refresh for 2020.
The update gave the Toyota truck a new grille and headlights. Inside, the refresh gave every trim a new eight-inch display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integration for the first time. Toyota says the production changes better aligns its North American operations based on common architectures and platforms, and we hope the move of Sequoia production means a new generation is coming. The current, second-generation Sequoia debuted for the 2008 model year with a refreshed version arriving for 2018. A substantial update to Toyota’s largest SUV is needed as consumers continue to flock to trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. Thankfully, Toyota’s changes result in no job reductions at any of its facilities.
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