Blue Springs, Mississippi – Toyota has begun producing its 2020 Corolla compact car at its plant in Mississippi, preparing the vehicle for a launch later this year.
Plant President Sean Suggs says the 12th-generation Corolla features a sleek new design and more high-tech options.
“We have an extraordinary team in Mississippi building a remarkable vehicle,” Suggs says. “We get better every day, and it’s because of our amazing team members. I can’t wait to see what happens next for our plant, our community, and as we like to say, the Toyota Mississippi Family.”
Suggs also presented the town of Blue Springs with the first 11th-generation Corolla that rolled off the line at Toyota Mississippi on September 7, 2013. Town of Blue Springs Mayor, Rita Gentry said the vehicle will be used to support the day-to-day functions of the Blue Springs Police Department.
More than 2,000 people work in Blue Springs to build the compact sedan for customers across the Americas and the Caribbean.
The Corolla is one of the first Toyota cars for sale in the U.S. using the company’s Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. The global collection of parts used on several vehicles saves the automaker by buying materials and components in bulk.
Toyota announced in April 2018 that it would invest $170 million in Mississippi to build the 12th-generation Corolla using TNGA.
The Toyota Corolla remains the world’s best-selling nameplate with more than 46 million vehicles sold globally since its introduction in 1966.