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2020 Corolla assembled in the US?

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2020 Corolla assembled in the US?

It’s not Japan is it?
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Corolla sedan was manufactured in Canada until the 2020 model started. The new sedan is assembled in Mississippi US and the corolla hatchback is made in Japan.
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The sedan units we get in Canada are assembled in America. If however you look at the VINs in certain parts of the USA, there are J VIN Corolla sedans and these are the areas you find J VIN RAV4 as well despite a lot of them being made in Canada. Essentially any additional units Toyota needs, where their North American factories have hit their limits, they hedge on Japan production to make up for any surges in sales. All the hatchbacks are definitely from Japan for both countries.
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on a side note, the civic sedan / coupe is built in alliston ontario while the civic hatch is built in swindon UK
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Aren't they gonna built them in Mexico?
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spike1128 wrote: Aren't they gonna built them in Mexico?
Donald Trump happened, thus Toyota decided to build these in the USA to avoid tweet criticisim. However instead of the Corolla going there, they've simply upped Mexican production of the Tacoma which some units were already being built there anyways.
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Not sure why they even moved the Corolla to the states. It seems like it would be more expensive to build in the US vs here based on the difference in dollar.

The whole point of them moving the Corolla was that it was too low margin to manufacture in Canada.
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bargain man wrote: Not sure why they even moved the Corolla to the states. It seems like it would be more expensive to build in the US vs here based on the difference in dollar.

The whole point of them moving the Corolla was that it was too low margin to manufacture in Canada.
There's more to it than just labour such as tooling.

I don't remember the argument exactly but with the Canadian dollar as "High" as it was they realized that using the more modern facility and higher labour cost was more profitable for Lexus Production.
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divx wrote: so orange-kun's effort to bring back manufacturing worked out
Eh not really. The Mississippi plant was already making Corollas back in 2011 and has been the only thing it ever made. Whether Toyota had other plans for the Mississippi plant was the only unknown originally it was meant to build the Highlander, then changed it to the Prius but in the end all it made was Corollas but that's still not enough to supply North America, hence why some Corolla sedans in the US are Japan made. In terms of auto manufacturing in the US, its more net loss primarily because of GM closing so many factories and no new plants or shifts from literally everybody.
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bargain man wrote: Not sure why they even moved the Corolla to the states. It seems like it would be more expensive to build in the US vs here based on the difference in dollar.

The whole point of them moving the Corolla was that it was too low margin to manufacture in Canada.
Simple. Rav4 is the volume mover now, not the Corolla. Cambridge plant is only producing Rav4 and RX now.
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EP32k2 wrote: Simple. Rav4 is the volume mover now, not the Corolla. Cambridge plant is only producing Rav4 and RX now.
This is correct. Though the Corolla's sales are still fairly large, the extreme push especially by Americans towards the RAV4 has meant even with Cambridge and Woodbridge pumping out RAV4s isn't enough. Plenty of RAV4 units for the US market are sent over from Japan. Canadian purchases of RAV4 nearly doubled in 5-6 years, while USA purchases nearly tripled in 7-8 years. 2019's sales numbers for the RAV4 combining America and Canada hits 500K, contrast to Corolla using the same metrics is only about 350K.
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JeganV wrote: Eh not really. The Mississippi plant was already making Corollas back in 2011 and has been the only thing it ever made. Whether Toyota had other plans for the Mississippi plant was the only unknown originally it was meant to build the Highlander, then changed it to the Prius but in the end all it made was Corollas but that's still not enough to supply North America, hence why some Corolla sedans in the US are Japan made. In terms of auto manufacturing in the US, its more net loss primarily because of GM closing so many factories and no new plants or shifts from literally everybody.
Mexico have cheaper labour cost and Trudeau was hellbent on getting them signed up for NAFTA2.0 when orange-kun would prefer just partnering up with us, so it is Trudeau's fault for allowing Mexico's cheap labour to continue damaging manufacturing base in CAN/US.
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JeganV wrote: This is correct. Though the Corolla's sales are still fairly large, the extreme push especially by Americans towards the RAV4 has meant even with Cambridge and Woodbridge pumping out RAV4s isn't enough. Plenty of RAV4 units for the US market are sent over from Japan. Canadian purchases of RAV4 nearly doubled in 5-6 years, while USA purchases nearly tripled in 7-8 years. 2019's sales numbers for the RAV4 combining America and Canada hits 500K, contrast to Corolla using the same metrics is only about 350K.
With gas price dropping to the floor we can see the demand for large vehicle to continue, North Americans are very addicted to big stuff simply because we can.
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The Toyota plants in Canada are working at capacity. They have switched from corolla to rav4 in the Cambridge north plant. The North plant will also begin making nx gas and hybrids as well as the rav4s. The Woodstock plant makes rav4 only and the Cambridge south plant makes Rx 350 and 450h.

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