PRINCETON, Ind. -- Toyota will relocate vehicles to different North American factories next year in a bid to make production lines and supply chains more efficient, the automaker said here Friday.
The allocation initiative reflects Toyota's step-by-step distancing from factory plans that were enacted in the dire days of the Great Recession when it needed to keep plants working and avoid layoffs.
With the new plan, Toyota is taking the gloves off to produce vehicles in pockets of manufacturing efficiency.
The company will move the Sequoia large SUV from Princeton, Ind., to San Antonio, where production will start in 2022. That decision will put both of Toyota's full-size body-on-frame products -- the Sequoia and the Tundra pickup -- in the same plant with a shared supply base.
Toyota will simultaneously remove its Tacoma midsize pickup from San Antonio and combine it with Tacoma production at its plant in Guanajuato, Mexico.
That shift will give San Antonio more capacity to turn out additional Tundras.
The Indiana plant will then devote its freed-up capacity and resources to the Highlander large crossover and Sienna minivan.