My RAV4 Hybrid was made in Japan. My Golf TDI was made in Mexico. Ask me which one I think is more relilable!Not something I am particularly celebrating. I hope the quality will be maintained.
If they were made in China I bet they could still use the good paint, with lots of lead and VOCs.They could be made on Mars and it would not matter, Toyota Manufacturing Standards is still Toyota Manufacturing standards.
In no particular order, Toyota will: add hybrid transaxle production in Buffalo, West Virginia; increase 2.5-liter engine assembly capacity in Georgetown, Kentucky; boost 2.5-liter cylinder head production in Troy, Missouri; make room for hybrid transaxle cases and housings and 2.5-liter engine blocks in Jackson, Tennessee; and upgrade the line to build new TNGA-friendly engines in Huntsville, Alabama.
The engines made in Kentucky and transaxles made in West Virginia will end up in hybrids destined for sale in the US, like the Highlander Hybrid. Toyota did not specify what engines would go into TNGA-based vehicles in Alabama, which means there might be a future surprise in store for powertrain geeks.
The TNGA platform currently underpins a number of Toyota models, including the C-HR, Prius and Camry. The next-generation Corolla, which should debut in the near future, will ride atop the TNGA platform, as well. It's a versatile platform, accommodating vehicles with front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive. Toyota will likely save a boatload of development money by using this single platform on as many vehicles as possible.
All this money won't create too many new jobs, however. Toyota estimates that the investment will add 50 new jobs in Alabama, and that's about it. It did say, however, that the money would "help to ensure the stability of the plants' employment levels in the future," according to Toyota's release.
The RAV4 (gas version) is made in Canada (Ontario), and seems that the next generation, including the Hybrid, will be made at the same location.This is only about power train components, and maybe only some of them.