Toyota Shuffling U.S. Production to Make Room for Prius

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams

America can't get enough of the Prius. To meet demand, Toyota will begin building the gas – electric four-door in the U.S. in late 2010 (yes, at the same time the Volt is supposed to debut). ToMoCo'll use the plant they're building in Blue Springs, Mississippi– originally destined for Highlander production. Highlanders are moving to the Princeton, Indiana plant starting in late '09. To make room for the Highlander, they'll shift Indiana Tundra production to San Antonio, consolidating Tundra production in Spring 2009. But before they do that, they'll shut down all Tundra production from August 8 until early November (lagging sales). Toyota says they'll continue to provide work for the non-union "team members" at both facilities, as well as those working at the Huntsville, Ala. plant that builds Tundra and Sequoia engines.

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  • Campisi Campisi on Jul 11, 2008

    I'm somewhat surprised that the San Antonio plant was intentionally designed to produce BOF vehicles only. Isn't Toyota the company that has a brace of mystics and psychics telling them what oil markets and public perception are going to do a few years before they happen?

  • Geotpf Geotpf on Jul 11, 2008

    Hmm. I expected something similar, but I expected the Prius to go to NUMMI in California, moving the Tacoma to their Mexican plant only. I thought Arnie was trying to talk them into doing that; I guess he failed. Maybe they didn't want GM to get any info about it's production. The Mississippi plant should have significant production capability (more so than NUMMI); I would not expect any shortages of Priuses after it comes on line. I'm also kind of surprised that the Sequoia isn't moving to Texas with the Tundra.

  • Sherman Lin Sherman Lin on Jul 11, 2008

    Quasimondo show me a post where I dissed GM or Ford or Chrysler due to the jobs bank.

  • Cjpistonsfan Cjpistonsfan on Jul 11, 2008
    Geotpf Says: I’m also kind of surprised that the Sequoia isn’t moving to Texas with the Tundra. That's what I first thought, too. But that would leave the West plant with frightfully little work. Especially when you consider that Tundra is leaving in the spring and Highlander won't get there until around summer/fall, as far as I understand.