Section 3. Rapid Growth of the Japanese Market and Development of the Lexus
Item 3. Building Plants in Kyushu, Hokkaido, and Tohoku
Plant expansion by group companies
TMC's vehicle manufacturing subsidiaries (other than Toyota Motor Kyushu) also began to build plants outside Aichi Prefecture, in support of TMC's goal of establishing capacity for 6 million vehicles globally by the middle of the 1990s.
Kanto Auto Works, Ltd. started constructing its Iwate Plant (in Kanegasaki-cho, Isawa-gun, Iwate Prefecture) with an annual capacity of 100,000 vehicles in June 1991, and began producing the Corona Exiv in November 1993. Toyota Auto Body, Co., Ltd., which needed to increase its production of recreational vehicles (in Japan, a category of passenger-car-size vehicles, different from camping vehicles, aimed at consumers who like outdoor leisure activities), also acquired land in Inabe-cho, Inabe-gun (now Inabe City), Mie Prefecture and began construction. In December 1993, the company began operating its Inabe Plant with an annual capacity of 100,000 vehicles, expandable to 200,000 in the future.
As for the plan put on hold to build a plant in Miyagi Prefecture, Toyota Motor Tohoku (in Taiwa-cho, Kurokawa-gun, Miyagi Prefecture) was established in July 1997 and began producing brake-related components in July 1998.