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Toyota to build Prius in U.S. -
Highlander to Indiana; all Tundra to Texas
Erlanger, KY - Toyota is
responding to changes in consumer demand and improving the
production efficiency and stability of its North American
operations by adjusting production mix at three plants. The
changes include the addition of the Prius hybrid sedan to its
North American lineup.
The changes are as follows:
Prius will be built at a plant
under construction in Blue Springs, Miss. Production is
scheduled to begin in late 2010. Prius, which will join the
Kentucky-built Camry Hybrid as the second Toyota hybrid
built in North America, enables Toyota to better respond to
increased consumer demand for hybrid vehicles.
The Highlander mid-size SUV,
originally scheduled to be built in Mississippi, will now be
manufactured in Princeton, Ind., beginning in Fall 2009.
Production of the Tundra
full-size pick-up truck, currently built in Indiana and
Texas, will be consolidated at the San Antonio plant in
Spring 2009. - In addition, Toyota will temporarily suspend
Tundra and Sequoia production beginning August 8 due to the
declining overall market for full size trucks and SUVs.
Production is scheduled to resume in early November. Team
members at both facilities, as well as the Huntsville, Ala.
plant that builds Tundra and Sequoia engines, will continue
to be provided work.
"The truck market continues to
worsen, so unfortunately we must temporarily suspend production.
But this good news about production mix demonstrates our
long-term commitment to our North American operations and to our
team members, supplier partners, and communities where our
plants are located," said Jim Wiseman, vice president/external
affairs for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North
America (TEMA). "By using this downturn as an opportunity to
develop team members and improve our operations, we hope to
emerge even stronger."
(July 10, 2008)