Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota Toyota has announced plans to export the American-made Corolla south, to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2014. The move follows statements made to The Wall Street Journal by Toyota’s South American leader , Steve St. Angelo , that spoke to Toyota’s resolve in emerging American markets. Toyota is expected to begin export production in April, with initial production of 7,500 Corollas in the first year, courtesy of its Tupelo, Mississippi assembly plant . Years of unpredictable swings in the value of the Japanese yen has seen Toyota push its manufacturing operations in other countries , particularly the US, where its builds ten different models. Scroll down to read the full press release from Toyota. Continue reading US-built Corollas will soon be exported to Latin America, Caribbean US-built Corollas will soon be exported to Latin America, Caribbean originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Ford , Toyota Last week, Ford boasted that the Ford Focus was the best-selling car in the world through the first half of 2012, but Toyota fired right back claiming its compact sits in the top spot. Which automaker is correct? Well, both. Kind of. Ford says that the Ford Focus has sold 489,616 units through June compared to 462,817 for the Toyota Corolla , and it even hired an independent firm, IHS Automotive , to calculate the sales figures. And this is where things get confusing. See, Ford sells the Focus globally under one name, but the Toyota Corolla is also sold with different body styles that carry different names… and IHS Automotive’s sales figure for Toyota does not include these models. As a counterpoint to the Focus hatchback, the Corolla is also available in a five-door form carrying the Toyota Matrix and Toyota Auris names, while the Corolla Fielder is Toyota’s station wagon alternative to the Ford Focus Estate. The Scion xB is sold in Australia as the Corolla Rumion.
Filed under: Truck , Toyota Toyota is reportedly working on a refresh for its Tacoma mid-size pickup, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal . The refreshed Taco will debut in October, as part of the automaker’s plan to debut many all-new or refreshed vehicles this year. In addition to the Tacoma, the Camry and Yaris will also receive substantial overhauls for the new model year. Bob Carter, group vice president and brand manager for Toyota, says that the 2012 Tacoma will keep the same engine and frame, but will have a new exterior design, as well as an updated interior. Currently, the Tacoma is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 that produces 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, Carter states that the Tacoma will receive new entertainment functions, and as we reported earlier , the automaker’s new Entune infotainment system will be part of the offerings. We’ll have more details come October. Toyota Tacoma to receive nip/tuck this fall originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 Jul 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink