The automaker will have the capacity to produce 2.2 million vehicles in North America from 2019.
Toyota has started the construction of its fifteenth North American plant, which will be located in Apaseo el Grande. The so-called Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Guanajuato (TMMGT) will produce the Corolla best-seller beginning in 2019.
“TMMGT will afford us the opportunity to boost vehicle quality and appeal while achieving cost savings through production engineering innovations,” Mike Bafan, TMMGT president, commented. “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.”
According to preliminary calculations, the factory will be able to manufacture about 200,000 vehicles annually. It will employ 2,000 people from the Bajio region, thanks to one-billion-dollar investment. When production in the Bajio region begins, Toyota will have the capacity to produce approximately 2.2 million vehicles per year in North America.
“Toyota’s investment in Guanajuato represents a long-term sign of our commitment to Mexico, its people and the Bajio region,” said Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota Motor Company 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.”
The new factory is part of the Japanese company’s Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050, which seeks to reduce the manufacturer’s global carbon footprint. Under that ambitious project, Toyota will lower CO2 emissions and water usage by fifty percent by 2050, while in Guanajuato alone, the automaker will help clean up Río Querétaro and strengthen water conservation. Toyota will also donate five Hilux pickup trucks to the local police and fire departments.
“The development Toyota will generate in the state will benefit the economy of the region since direct and indirect jobs will be created and the number of companies that will supply the plant with different inputs will increase,” the governor of Guanajuato, Miguel Márquez Márquez, commented. “Guanajuato is the main automotive cluster in the country, contributing to achieve the record in economic growth registered today, which is above the national average.”