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http://pressroom.toyota.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=5882&sf49616414=1&sf49623541=1For better or worse, President-elect Donald Trump loves Twitter.
Trump has previously tweeted about GM and Ford, calling out both companies for plans to move auto production to Mexico. On Thursday, Trump tweeted that Toyota plans on building a new plant in Baja, Mexico to build its popular Corolla, and like Ford, is threatening the company with a big border tax if it doesn’t build the plant in the U.S.
The Japanese automaker has since responded to Trump, releasing a statement saying that it has been part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for nearly 60 years and that its new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico – not Baja – won’t decrease production volume or employment in the U.S.
Without surprise, the responses to Trump’s tweet are divisive, much like the election results. There are plenty of people posting images of how Trump and his daughter’s products are manufactured in China or Mexico.
Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017
Statement in response to the President Elect’s recent comment. Please visit https://t.co/BxLSOPbXV8 for more information pic.twitter.com/d8E8TQnzqc
— Toyota USA (@Toyota) January 5, 2017
It was a matter of time before the Donald would address Toyota's decision to make cars in Mexico (Though they've been making Tacomas there for over a decade now).Toyota has been part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for nearly 60 years. Production volume or employment in the U.S. will not decrease as a result of our new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico announced in April 2015. With more than $21.9 billion direct investment in the U.S., 10 manufacturing facilities, 1,500 dealerships and 136,000 employees, Toyota looks forward to collaborating with the Trump Administration to serve in the best interests of consumers and the automotive industry.
In 2015 Toyota exported more than 160,000 U.S.-built vehicles to 40 countries, helping to establish the U.S. as a global export hub.
Our manufacturing facilities in Baja, Mexico, established in 2002, support production at our San Antonio, Texas plant, where 3,300 team members produced over 230,000 Tundras and Tacomas in 2016.
Recent manufacturing expansions by Toyota in the U.S. include:
$360 million investment in Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant, adding 750 new jobs
$150 million investment at its Huntsville, Alabama plant
$100 million investment in Toyota’s Princeton, Indiana plant, adding 300 jobs
$90 million investment at its Buffalo, West Virginia plant, adding 80 jobs