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Toyota Is Now In Trump’s Sights

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Toyota Is Now In Trump’s Sights

2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Toyota Corolla

If you thought Donald Trump only cared where American automakers manufacture cars, you’re wrong. The president-elect took to Twitter to blast Toyota for making Corollas in Mexico.

Toyota is working on a new facility in Guanajuato, which will churn out Corollas. The announcement for this project originally came out in April of 2015, so the plan’s been around for a while. Ground was officially broken in November of last year. As part of the arrangement, Toyota at the time said no jobs in the United States would be cut.

After the angry tweet from Trump, Toyota told Reuters it’s planning to work with the new administration “to serve in the best interests of consumers and the automotive industry.” Whatever that means.

The threat of a big tariff for Corollas could make building ones for the US market in Mexico incredibly expensive. Some are made in Mississippi, while others are produced in Canada. There’s already a plant in Baja that makes Tacomas, but that wasn’t mentioned by the president-elect.

Will Toyota tuck tail and keep whipping out Corollas in the United States and maybe Canada? Ford’s already altered its plans for vehicle production in Mexico, following heavy criticism from Trump.

Steven has been writing about cars and other transportation issues worldwide for over ten years. His love for cars started long before he can remember, with Corvettes and 911s being his first car-crushes. Since then, he has owned many types of vehicles and has come to appreciate a wide variety of models, the diverse car culture groups, and the automotive industry in general.

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