Toyota officially began production at its new Mexico plant on November 14. It is the 15th plant the company has opened in North America.
Previously, Toyota had one plant in Mexico called TMMBC which has a production capacity for about 90,000 units per year of the Tacoma pickup.
The new TMMGT plant is in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Overhead investment was approximately one billion US dollars. It will produce approximately 200,000 Corolla models from 2019 on. It is expected that it will hire approximately 2,000 new employees.
What makes the new plant unique is that it was built according to the design of TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture). It is the first facility designed to produce cars through optimization of the merits of TNGA. This involves an integrated design that produces main parts in a modular way and with shared usage in order to achieve aims such as significantly reducing capital investment when changing car models. Toyota plans to bring this new design approach to other regions and facilities as well.
At the official start of production, Toyota president Takeshi Uchiyamada said, “Our investment in the Guanajuato plant shows our long-term commitment to our operations in Mexico.”
(Translated by Greg Scott)