Excess Capacity: Toyota Moves Tacoma Production to the Lone Star State

Automobile Staff

Compact pickups may be dropping out of the U.S. market left and right, but the Toyota Tacoma has remained a viable player. In a sign of continued support for the Tacoma, Toyota has started producing the pickup with the full-size Tundra at its San Antonio, Texas, facility.

The move and retooling cost Toyota an estimated $100 million, and created 1000 jobs in Texas. With the Tacoma in the same facility as the full-size Tundra pickup, the move to San Antonio means that all Toyota pickups are now housed in the Lone Star state.

Before the move, the Tacoma's home was Fremont, California, home to the now-defunct NUMMI joint venture between General Motors and Toyota. The Tacoma stands as one of the few compact-pickup survivors, with the news that Chevrolet may not offer the next-generation Colorado in the U.S., and the Ford Ranger facing execution soon.

Source: Toyota

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