Toyota Boosting Capacity To Crank Out More Tacomas
Toyota’s lone Mexican assembly plant will boost output by as much as 40 percent to increase production of the Tacoma mid-size pickup truck starting in April, 2015.
Automotive News is reporting that the Baja California plant, which handles final assembly duties from CKD kits, will produce 89,000 Tacomas annually, up from 63,000. The move comes as GM announced a third shift at the Missouri plant that builds the upcoming Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks, which have yet to go on sale.
The Tacoma is expected to be redesigned in 2016 to better compete with the GM mid-sizers. While Tacoma sales have been down year-to-date, the full-size Tundra has seen an increase, and moving production away from Toyota’s Texas truck plant could allow for more Tundras to be built to help satisfy demand.
So are Tacomas built in Japan with final assembly in North America? Or what's with the CKD kits? Do Tundras come here as CKDs too?
A minor point but an important one to me, is that the Tacoma is not kowtowing to the CAFE tests and adorning the front end with an absurdly low chin spoiler like all of the 1/2 ton. When you have to worry about scraping a curb in your pickup truck when parking, 'ya done goofed.'
That has got to be one of the ugliest vehicles in its class (admittedly, a small one in the U.S.) of the last 20 years. If you rebadged it one could successfully pass it off as a Mahindra.
With the Taco redesigned, will that mean the 4runner/Prado/FJ will be as well? I sure hope Toyota won't simply walk away from US sales of the 4r and derivatives. Or that they become so far removed from their truck "siblings" that the off road upspeccers can no longer build to a common platform.