The brand’s North American branch has decided that it would stop importing Toyotas from Japan to sell them in the States, and would instead sell those units in Japan, to take profit of the strong yen.
Shigeki Terashi, president of Toyota Motor North America, said every Toyota model sold in large numbers in North America would be be built in North America – in Canada or in the States.
This decision affects the Camry, Corolla, Highlander and RAV4 models, but not the Tundra, Venza and Sienna ones, which were already solely built here.
Transition should be seamless for the Camry, of which only 11 units were assembled in Japan in 2011, but the same cannot be said of the Corolla, of which 64 000 rolled on our continent after having been born in Japan.
No date so far has been announced for the decision to come into effect.
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