August marks the start of production for two all-new and highly anticipated Toyota models in the United States. We have the the 2014 Toyota Corolla, completely redesigned and enhanced in every aspect, going into production at the firm’s Mississippi and Canada plants, and we have the 2014 Tundra pickup truck, starting production at Toyota’s Texas plant.
The significance of the new Corolla is not just due to the aggressive new design and improved driving characteristics that make the 2014 less boring than the previous models. This car is the best-selling car nameplate in the world with over 40 millions unit delivers to customers.
American production of Corolla is also important to the U.S. economy. Besides the Mississippi production site, Toyota has an engine plant in Buffalo, W. Va., while their cylinder heads and blocks are built in Toyota’s Bodine Aluminum castings plants, located in Troy, Mo., and Jackson, Tenn.
The new Tundra is also redesigned, inside and out, giving a fresh breathe of life to the Texas plant, which also builds the Tacoma and has the annual capacity to produce 200,000 trucks. It employs more than 2,800 people.
The Tundra is not only built in America, it was also designed and engineered in America to make sure it is exactly what the truck loving nation wants. It may cause the national model like Ford F150 and Chevy Silverado a bit of problem in sales, but it makes up for it by contributing to the economy.