Toyota plant in Guanajuato shows 80% advance, officials play down tariffs risk
The assembly plant that Toyota builds in Apaseo el Grande, Guanajuato is 80% complete, so plans to start operations at the end of the year are still in force, although the official date could be postponed to the first quarter of 2020.
Tom Sullivan, president of Toyota in Mexico, announced that in the coming months they will begin to move the white-collar employees who work in the operations center of Querétaro, from where the construction phase is supervised, to the corporate offices that will be inside the plant of Apaseo.
During a conference to present the Toyota Supra, which will begin to be marketed in Mexico in the third quarter of the year, the executive said that there is no uncertainty due to the risk that the White House will impose tariffs on import vehicles under the rule known as Section 232, as the USMCA contains safeguards for cars and trucks produced in Mexico.
The plant to which an investment of US$700 million will be allocated, will have an initial capacity to produce 100,000 Tacoma medium pickups per year and will start operations with a workforce of 1,500 employees.