Toyota USA newsroom recently announced that the automaker manufactured a total of 2,035,028 vehicles in 2015, and about 1,933,702 engines in North America last year. Some of the Toyota brands produced are the Corolla, Camry, RAV4, and Tacoma – and the company manufactured as many cars within the period because of a better economy, strong demands for Toyota vehicles, and low fuel prices.
According to Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, “Our products are a direct reflection of our team members’ dedication and talent. Each vehicle that rolls off the line is an example of our commitment to safety, quality, value and above all our relentless focus to exceed customers’ expectations.”
Toyota achieved some milestones in production locations for 2015, and some of these are –
• Kentucky: produced the first “U.S. built” Lexus. A $360 million investment, the introduction of the ES 350 generated 750 new jobs;
• Texas: began production of the all-new Tacoma in San Antonio;
• Indiana: produced its 4 millionth vehicle;
• Alabama: boosted V6 engine production and built its 4 millionth engine;
• Mississippi: rolled off its 500,000th Corolla;
• Mexico: Toyota’s full assembly plant in Baja California began a three crew/three shift operation to meet increased demand of the all-new Tacoma. In addition, Mazda began production of Scion iA and Yaris in Salamanca, Guanajuato.
And now for 2016, the automaker marks:
• Anniversaries for Ontario (Cambridge facility turns 30); Kentucky (30), Indiana (20); West Virginia (20), Alabama (15) and Mississippi (5);
• The groundbreaking of Toyota’s 15th state of the art manufacturing facility in Apaseo el Grande, Guanajuato which is scheduled to begin Corolla production in 2019.
The Toyota Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, RAV4, Scion iA, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Lexus RX 350, Lexus ES 350, Venza and Yaris are directly manufactured in North America; and the company directly employs nearly 40,000 in the region.
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Over the past 50 years, Toyota has built over 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where it operates 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 42,000 people (more than 33,000 in the U.S.). Toyota operates 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S. alone which sold almost 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2015) – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.