Toyota Indiana Assembly Plant Celebrates 4 Millionth Vehicle

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Toyota Indiana assembly plant has reached a new milestone: their 4 millionth vehicle (a Blizzard Pearl Highlander Hybrid.)

Toyota is happy to announce that one of its most productive assembly plants has reached a new milestone. The Toyota Indiana assembly plant recently produced its 4 millionth vehicle after a Blizzard Pearl Highlander Hybrid rolled off the assembly line earlier this month. With this 4 millionth vehicle, the plant has officially produced more vehicles than are registered in the state of Indiana.

“The community has shown incredible support since day one,” said Norm Bafunno, Toyota Indiana president. “This 4 millionth vehicle is only possible because of the great team effort of our team members, suppliers, and citizens of this wonderful community we all call home.”

 Toyota Indiana is currently known as being one of Toyota’s biggest exporting plants. Just last year, the plant exported over 42,000 vehicles to more than 20 countries, an outstanding number. Since it’s founding almost 19 years ago, the Toyota Indiana assembly plant has produced the Sequoia SUV, Sienna minivan, Tundra pickup truck, Highlander SUV, and Highlander Hybrid SUV.

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Toyota Expansion Freeze Lifted

Toyota Expansion

A freeze on Toyota expansion has been lifted with plans of new assembly plants in China and Mexico.

 

Toyota hasn’t built any new vehicle assembly plants in three years due to a freeze on Toyota expansion investments. The automaker has now decided to lift the freeze, which was originally scheduled to expire at the end of 2016, and is already moving forward with plans to build three new factories. Two new plants are planned to be built in China, and one in Mexico.

Since the recession, automakers in general have been hesitant to put a lot of money into growth and enhanced production capacity. Now, with the U.S. economy back at pre-recession levels and a thriving auto market, automakers are beginning to get back in the game.

“We’re going to grow again. We will climb the staircase,” Jim Lentz, head of Toyota’s North American operations, told Reuters in an interview. “But it’s a different way than in the past. It’s not going to be growth for growth’s sake.”

According to an unnamed Toyota executive, the automaker is ready to begin building. Toyota has already completed ‘initial feasibility studies’ in both locations. “The only thing we are waiting for is a final green light from the top.”

The new plants will help the automaker keep up with demand, and offer space for future growth.

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