Toyota to restart Mississippi plant and build Corollas

Article by Christian A., on August 25, 2010

Due to the slowing economy, construction of Toyota Motor Corp.'s plant in Mississippi was halted but with the economy showing signs of recovery, the carmaker has announced that it will resume building the plant. In fact, Toyota said that late next year, production of the Corolla will start in the plant.

In a statement by Yoshimi Inaba, president of Toyota Motor North America, the company "first had to fully utilize [its] existing facilities" during the economic downturn but that it's now "time to fulfill Toyota's promise in Mississippi."

Toyota revealed that 2,000 workers will be hired soon but it didn't give a time frame of its plans.

The fact that Inaba pointed to the production of the Corolla as the plant's purpose is a remarkable shift of plans from the original project. The groundbreaking ceremony for the 2 million-square-foot factory near Tupelo took place in April 2007 with an initial plan to assemble Highlander SUVs in late 2009.

Sometime in the middle of 2008, Toyota revealed that it will produce the Prius hybrid instead after fuel prices rose and sales of large vehicles fell.

It was in December 2008 that Toyota halted construction with the building's shell essentially complete. At this time, the US industry was on the verge of its worst sales slump in almost 30 years.

Toyota's plan for production of the Corolla to start in the fall of 2011 enables the company to get the $1.3 billion Mississippi project operational faster than it could with any other product.

This spring, Toyota moved 150,000 Corolla units to Japan this spring after closing its California plant, New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. With the opening of the Mississippi plant, Toyota will be able to return those 150,000 Corollas. By then, nearly all Corollas for North America will be made on the continent while 40,000 will still be shipped from Japan.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

It is an open secret that many of Lexus’ vehicle offering are or were derived from an existing Toyota product. This isn't really surprising considering that Lexus is the luxury...
by - November 19, 2018
Plug-in hybrid vehicles are increasingly the mobility of choice for many people. For short drives around the city or urban areas, plug-in hybrid can be switched to all-electric mode for...
by - November 19, 2018
The battle for supremacy in China among premium SUVs with long wheelbases will soon hot as Mercedes-Benz reveals the long-wheelbase version of the GLC. The new Mercedes-Benz GLC L will...
by - November 19, 2018
At Aston Martin, there is the Valkyrie. In the near future, there might also be a Valhalla. Another name that starts with letter “V,” the Valhalla has just been reserved...
by - November 16, 2018
The up-and-coming Audi E-tron GT four-door sports car is one of the electric cars that the premium carmaker has promised to deliver before 2025. But as early as now, some...
by - November 15, 2018