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Toyota to move Highlander production to Indiana


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According to AutoNews, Japanese automaker Toyota plans to move all of the Highlanders’ production to Indiana. This move is going to be made in order to localize the production of the vehicle for North America, as well as reduce the companies chances of being affected by exchange rates.

Highlander production has been in Indiana since last fall, but the company was still importing from a plant in Kyushu, Japan. These imports account for 17 percent of all Highlanders sold in the United States. Toyota now plans to stop the importation of vehicles and produce the SUV solely in Indiana, said Toyota spokesperson Paul Nolasco to AutoNews.

“This is part of our continuing trend to build more product where we sell,” Nolasco said.

So what is the affect of building its cars only in Indiana, rather than half and half? Simple, Toyota won’t be affected by rapidly fluctuating exchange rates.

Nolasco could not say when the shift would be complete, but in Japan, the Nikkan Kohyo business newspaper has reported that production of Highlanders will stop at Toyota’s Kyushu plant in August. The report also said that the production of the SUV in Indiana would increase to 2,000 units a month.

Sales of the Highlander were up 24 percent to 27,072 units in the first four months of 2010 and if this trend continues, this decision could be a wise one in terms of saving money.



8 comments:

A good problem to have. I, personally, don’t find 28 MPG, 7-passenger CUVs, with low 7-second times boring. I find that very unique. If a Pilot or Traverse can compete with that, please let me know.

I almost fell asleep reading this. Why anyone would buy a Toyota over a Honda or Nissan is beyond me. At least with Lexus it’s truly luxurious; boring, but impressive.

You have factual information to back the the idea that the units produced in Japan have any significant difference in quality from those produced in Princeton, RIGHT?

Wow...pick your poison on US production of Highlanders. I preferred the Japanese-produced Highlander...fewer post-production problems, higher quality. No longer a choice.

Wow...pick your poison on US production of Highlanders. I preferred the Japanese-produced Highlander...fewer post-production problems, higher quality. No longer a choice.

Well, I hope this revision will be done perfectly, and hopefully car lovers won’t be very disappointed in that long time review for one of the most awaited super car.

I like the 4 runner more, the runner looks more aggressive and it’s stance are very bold.

Expect that the highlander’s price will be increase due to shipping and delivery.

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