February 5, 2003

Toyota to build new truck plant in Texas

San Antonio, Texas – Toyota has announced plans to build its sixth North American vehicle assembly plant in San Antonio, Texas.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. will build approximately 150,000 Tundra full size trucks annually, beginning in 2006. Production at the San Antonio plant will supplement the Tundra production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. (TMMI), which is currently the exclusive manufacturer of this model.

The new plant will represent a U.S.$800 million investment by Toyota and is expected to bring approximately 2,000 new jobs to Texas and indirectly create work for many more. Operations at the plant will include stamping, body weld, plastics, paint, and assembly.

Governor Rick Perry, speaking at a news conference held at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, welcomed Toyota’s decision to set up operations in Texas.

“This new plant will mean jobs, paychecks and a higher standard of living for thousands of Texans while helping Texas to build a stronger, more diverse economy,” said Governor Perry. “And I believe it will the beginning of a new economic boom in Texas because companies looking to prosper in the 21st century will find no better home than Texas.”

Site preparation and construction for the plant is slated to begin later this year. A majority of the hiring will take place in 2005, closer to start of production.

The plant is the latest addition to Toyota’s increasing manufacturing investment in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. By 2006, the automaker will have capacity to build 1.65 million cars and trucks a year, and 1.16 million engines.

Toyota currently has four vehicle assembly plants in North America. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky manufactures the Camry, Avalon, and, beginning this summer, Camry Solara. TMMI, located in Princeton, Indiana, builds the Tundra, Sequoia, and Sienna. New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., a joint venture with General Motors, located in Fremont, California, manufactures the Toyota Corolla and Tacoma, Pontiac Vibe, and the Toyota Voltz (a right-hand drive version of the Vibe for export to Japan). Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc., in Cambridge, Ontario manufactures the Toyota Corolla, Matrix, and beginning in September the Lexus RX 330. Beginning in 2005, Toyota will begin assembly of Tacoma pick-up trucks at its new plant in Baja California, Mexico. Additionally, this plant will build Tacoma truck beds to be shipped to California for vehicle production at NUMMI.

Additionally, Toyota has three engine plants in North America. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia, Inc. and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. both produce four-cylinder and V6 engines. Also, its plant in Ontario, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc., assembles four-cylinder engines. Later this year, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc. will begin manufacturing V8 engines for the Tundra built at TMMI.

By 2006, Toyota will employ some 35,000 people throughout North America. With today’s announcement, the company’s direct investment tops $14 billion with annual parts and materials purchases from North American suppliers totaling over $11 billion.

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