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Toyota Spending Money in the U.S. On a Conventional Passenger Car

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These fools — don’t they know the Corolla bought *simply* 329,196 examples in the United States final yr?

Alright, not the whole lot needs to be about Ford. However as the Blue Oval plans a retreat from the reasonably priced passenger car market, different automakers stand to realize the firm’s misplaced clients. A few of them, anyway. And Toyota appears to haven’t any qualms about persevering with to promote small, reasonably priced automobiles that convey consumers into the showroom — a lot so, that it’s spending $one hundred seventy million to deliver extra jobs (and a new Corolla) to Mississippi.

In the context of this week’s information, the Corolla’s manufacturing unit retooling and platform swap makes one marvel at what identify recognition and a easy bodystyle can do for a mannequin.

For its twelfth era, the Corolla strikes onto the modular TNGA platform shared by lots of its stablemates. Some four hundred new jobs can be created at the firm’s Blue Springs, Mississippi meeting plant to finish the transition, in addition to improve the plant’s output. Toyota must unlock plant area in Cambridge, Ontario to make room for the 2019 RAV4, so it’s sending additional output south of the border.

“We will reply faster and be extra versatile in order to satisfy market calls for down the street,” stated Toyota Mississippi President Sean Suggs in a assertion.

The subsequent-era Corolla seems subsequent yr as a 2020 mannequin. Becoming a member of the outgoing mannequin for the 2019 mannequin yr is the new Corolla Hatchback, previously the iM. (We’ll have a review for you on April thirtieth.) That exact mannequin originates abroad, the place it’s bought as the Auris.

With that out of the method, let’s take a take a look at the Corolla’s home well being. In a nutshell, the Corolla is in tip-prime form, all issues thought-about. The eleventh-era mannequin debuted for the 2014 mannequin yr, with gross sales (together with that of the iM) hitting a publish-recession peak in 2016. A light refresh adopted for 2017.

For a mannequin that’s pretty lengthy in the tooth, and one in want of extra energy and panache, final yr’s gross sales numbers can be proper at residence in, say, 2003. Gross sales of the Corolla line fell four % in March, with first quarter quantity down four.four %, yr-to-date, however that’s hardly the sort of losses seen at different automakers.

With a new Corolla hatch changing the sluggish-promoting iM later this yr and a new sedan arriving subsequent yr, Toyota is in nearly as good a place as it may be with its compact car nameplate.

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