Mexico – The $1 billion plant in the central state will make the Corolla from 2019, with capacity for 200,000 per year. Employing 2,000 individuals, the factory will be Toyota’s 15th in North America and will raise its total capacity in the region to 2.2m vehicles per annum.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Guanajuato (TMMGT) is set to be a model of production for the OEM, designed to make vehicles on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). This architecture will enable Toyota to build multiple models on a common platform, sharing parts and optimising the supply chain.

“TMMGT will afford us the opportunity to boost vehicle quality and appeal while achieving cost savings through production engineering innovations,” said Mike Bafan, president of TMMGT. “This plant will also be simple, sustainable, mindful of its environment and highly competitive.”

The new factory will participate in Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050, which is aimed at reducing its CO2 emissions and water use by 50%. In Guanajuato, Toyota said it would “help clean up Rio Querétaro and strengthen water conservation”.