NUMMI Vibe and Corolla engines were built at the Buffalo WV Toyota engine plant.
So now that NUMMI won't be building anything, they have an excess supply of engines.
Canada can't build enough Corollas to satisfy the demand, so Toyota will have to ship US-built engines to Japan, install them in Corollas, and ship the finished cars back here.
And it's probably STILL cheaper for Toyota than continuing to build cars in regulatory and tax-disadvantaged California!
Excerpts from the article:
|Quote, originally posted by Charleston WV Daily Mail Â»|
Monday December 7, 2009
Buffalo engines bound for Japan
by GeorgeÃ‚Â Hohmann, Daily Mail Business Editor
BUFFALO, W.Va. - Toyota's plant here is going to start shipping 4-cylinder engines to Japan, said Mike Lutz, the plant's general manager of administration.
The California plant was a joint venture with General Motors known as New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. or NUMMI. Until earlier this year, NUMMI also assembled Pontiac Vibe autos for GM that had 4-cylinder engines made at Buffalo.
One answer came when Toyota decided to expand its Ontario plant. That factory will continue to take some of Buffalo's 4-cylinder engines.
Lutz said that even with the expansion the Ontario plant cannot meet the demand for Corollas. Therefore in April, soon after the NUMMI closure, Buffalo will begin shipping engines to Toyota's Takaoka Plant near Tokyo.
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