Toyota breaks ground on $1 billion Mexico plant

Toyota breaks ground on $1 billion Mexico plant

Guanajuato facility to make Corolla starting in 2019.

November 15, 2016

Guanajuato, Mexico – Toyota broke ground on Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Guanajuato (TMMGT), its fifteenth manufacturing plant in North America, during a ceremony in Apaseo el Grande.

TMMGT will produce the Corolla compact car beginning in 2019, and employ approximately 2,000 team members from the Bajio region. With an annual vehicle capacity of 200,000 units per year and a $1 billion investment, TMMGT will serve as the model of manufacturing for Toyota thanks in part to its design built on the anticipated Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). TNGA will serve as a catalyst for building more models on common platforms, making intelligent use of common parts, and fully leveraging Toyota’s supply chain.

“TMMGT will afford us the opportunity to boost vehicle quality and appeal while achieving cost savings through production engineering innovations,” says Mike Bafan, TMMGT president. “This plant will also be simple, sustainable, mindful of its environment and highly competitive. Ultimately, this means our customers will benefit from our cars being produced locally with the highest quality and environmental standards.”

“Toyota’s investment in Guanajuato represents a long-term sign of our commitment to Mexico, its people, and the Bajio region,” says Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota Motor Co. board chairman. “TMMGT will play a key role in how we make products in the future, while setting a standard for manufacturing excellence in the industry.”

He also highlighted that under Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050, which seeks to reduce the company’s global carbon footprint, Toyota will lower CO2 emissions and water usage by fifty percent. In Guanajuato alone, the automaker will help clean up Rio Queretaro and strengthen water conservation.

Once production begins at TMMGT, Toyota will have the capacity to produce approximately 2.2 million vehicles annually in North America.

Source: Toyota Motor Sales de México