Toyota will push back the start of operations at its new plant in Mexico to 2020, according to a report from Reuters. The news follows last week’s confirmation that Toyota will build the Tacoma at the Mexico plant instead of the Corolla.
The $1 billion Guanajuato plant, announced in 2015, was originally destined to build the Corolla starting in 2019. Pushing back the launch date slightly will give Toyota time to adjust its supply chain to support production of the pickup.
“With the production model changed to the Tacoma pickup, the start of production will consequently be in the first half of 2020,” Toyota confirmed that. “However, we will make our utmost effort to advance the timing in order to minimize the impact to suppliers and the local community.”
The Guanajuato factory may also end up building SUVs
As Reuters says, a Toyota said last week in Mexico that the Guanajuato factory may also end up building SUVs. The automaker is currently studying the possibility.
Toyota will source Corollas from its factories in Mississippi and Japan until 2021. At that time, Toyota is expected to produce Corollas for the North American market at a new U.S. plant shared with Mazda. Last week, the two automakers announced they will form a joint venture that will involve building a factory together as well as co-developing electric vehicles, connected-car systems, and safety technologies.