Toyota To Spend $1 Billion To Build Corollas In Mexico

Toyota-Mexico-announcement-0Toyota will build a new plant in the state of Guanajuato in Central Mexico to manufacture the Corolla. The company said it will invest approximately $1 billion in the new production facility, which is expected to employ around 2,000 people and have an annual capacity of 200,000 vehicles.

The announcement is part of a multi-year plan to realign its manufacturing operations in North America in support of the recently-announced Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).

Once the new Mexican plant starts building Corolla vehicles in 2019 for the 2020 model year, Toyota’s Canadian plant in Cambridge, Ontario, will switch from producing Corollas to mid-sized, higher-value vehicles. This move will mark Toyota’s first major reinvestment in the plant since it opened in 1997.

The automaker also said it will make significant new investments over several years in Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada’s (TMMC) assembly plants in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario, in order to implement TNGA modifications. The Woodstock plant will continue building the RAV4, while the Cambridge South Plant will continue to produce the Lexus RX 350 and 450h.

These moves will help Toyota group production by common vehicle platforms in each North American plant to improve efficiency and enhance flexibility. “Our next-generation production facility in Mexico will be a model for the future of global manufacturing and set a new standard for innovation and excellence. Transforming our Canadian vehicle assembly plants is an equally important part of our strategic plan to position the North America region for sustainable long-term growth,” said Jim Lentz, chief executive officer of Toyota North America.

Toyota’s vehicle assembly facility in Guanajuato will be Toyota’s 15th in North America, its first since 2011 and its largest investment in Mexico to date.

Is This Europe’s 2016 Toyota Corolla Facelift, Asia’s New Corolla Hybrid Or Both?

2016-Toyota-Corolla-FL-Carscoops1400Always the face of innovation. Could this really be the next 2016 Toyota Corolla!? Universal Toyota is looking forward to the future of sedans, and we know we will always be on the forefront! Stop by today or visit us online to see our in stock Corollas and Camrys!

After the facelifted Auris hatchback and Touring Sports models presented at the Geneva show this week, Toyota may be preparing an update for its other compact model, the Corolla sedan.

These screenshots were taken from a fresh set of animated videos from Toyota Europe showcasing the firm’s new range of advanced active-safety systems bundled under the ‘Toyota Safety Sense’ umbrella.

The animated car shown in all clips looks like a facelifted version of the European-spec Corolla sedan with a pointier new face and a bumper design modeled after the revised Auris. Some minor changes seem to have taken place at the back as well, including a slightly different chrome strip between the lights and a revised bumper.

More intriguingly, the instrument cluster shots clearly show a hybrid model gauge on the left hand side.

Toyota offers a number of market-specific Corollas with various styling and mechanical changes around the world, so if this isn’t the European model, the only other explanation we can think of is that it depicts the upcoming Corolla Hybrid with a 1.5-liter petrol engine assisted by an electric motor, reportedly designed for China and possibly, other Asian countries.

A big hat tip to Ayberk!

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Toyota Spices Up Camry and Corolla with New Special Edition Models

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The Camry and Corolla are arguably some of the best-selling sedans on the market for a reason! With their shiny, sleek exteriors and insanely comfortable interiors, the Camry and Corolla are designed to make your life that much better.

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Toyota will debut Special Edition versions of the Camry and Corolla at the Chicago Auto Show next week, with both limited edition models featuring a sportier look both inside and out.

One year after its major refresh, the Toyota Camry gets a Special Edition model for the 2016 model year, which brings a more dynamic appearance. Based on the Camry SE, the limited production 2016 Camry Special Edition’s exterior gets unique 18-inch alloy wheels with gloss black painted accents, smoked taillights, unique badge and two colors – Blizzard Pearl and new Blue Streak Metallic.

Inside, the limited edition model features high contrast blue stitching on the seats, shift boot, and dash, sport appearance seats trimmed with black SofTex bolsters and blue patterned inserts, sport meter cluster with blue details and white background as well as floor mats with logo.

Other standard features include a power tilt/slide moonroof, Entune Audio Plus system, Smart Key System with pushbutton start and Qi wireless charging. Camry Special Edition models are powered by the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

As for the Toyota Corolla Special Edition, it gets similar styling features to the Camry, as well as an improved driving experience thanks to the addition of steering wheel paddle shifters, rear disc brakes and Sport Driving Mode.

Based on the sporty Corolla S Plus grade, the 2016 Corolla Special Edition features unique 17-inch alloy wheels with gloss black finish, Special Edition badging, and three colors – exclusive Absolutely Red, Black Sand Pearl and Super White.

The Corolla Special Edition features a black interior with red contrast stitching, red accents on the dash and door trim and Special Edition floor mats with logo. Standard equipment also includes a Smart Key System with pushbutton start, while optional features include Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite, as well as power tilt/slide moonroof.

The Camry Special Edition will be produced in a “limited” run of about 12,000 units from August 2015 to January 2016, while the Corolla Special Edition will see 8,000 units being built between August and December 2015.

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More and more, people over the last couple of decades have come to realize just how true Toyota’s old slogan “I love what you do for me” is holding up. The proof is in the pudding, as Toyota has become one of the world’s best selling car brands, and continues to lead the market in developing economical and reliable vehicles.

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