Toyota breaks ground for new Mexico factory
Toyota has held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new manufacturing facility in the central Mexico city of Guanajuato.
The $1 billion factory will be Toyota’s 15th manufacturing plant in North America and its second in Mexico, complementing a Baja California facility that builds the Tacoma pickup.
The Guanajuato factory will focus solely on the Corolla, which claims the title of best-selling nameplate across the globe. The company expects to build up to 200,000 units per year, potentially expanding to other vehicles based on the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.
The factory will begin producing vehicles in 2019, presumably starting with the 2020 Corolla. It will employ around 2,000 workers from the Bajio region.
Mexico’s booming automotive manufacturing industry has emerged as a talking point in US presidential politics. President-elect Donald Trump’s NAFTA criticisms have mostly focused on US automakers, but the Kentucky-built Toyota Corolla is actually considered the most American-made vehicle according to Cars.com.