Fremont, California – The New United Motor Manufacturing Inc (NUMMI) auto plant, a joint venture of Toyota and General Motors in California, has built its last car and shut down manufacturing.
A red Toyota Corolla was the last vehicle off the line; it is destined to be sold to Toyota. The plant had also recently produced the Pontiac Vibe, a sister car to the Ontario-built Toyota Matrix.
“We want to thank generations of NUMMI team members whose skill and pride in their work contributed to numerous innovations in automotive assembly here in Fremont,” said Kent Ogura, NUMMI president and CEO. “We also want to thank Toyota for helping to retain NUMMI workers and ensure efficient production until the last day of operations at this plant. Our attention now will focus on helping to find a new owner that will reuse this site so that it continues to serve the Fremont community and the Bay Area.”
The decision to close NUMMI came after General Motors declared bankruptcy last year and pulled out of the venture. The joint venture produced nearly eight million cars and trucks throughout its 25-year history.