Section 1. Heightened Presence in the North American Market
Item 3. Expansion of Production Bases
Establishment of TMMI, TMMTX and TMMMS
In 1995, Toyota announced plans for a fourth North American vehicle plant in Indiana, in order to expand local production. The new plant was to produce the Tundra full size pickup truck under development at the time, which was built as a successor to the midsize T100 pickup truck. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. (TMMI) was established the following year in 1996 in the state's Gibson County, with the line-off ceremony for the Tundra held in 1998. In April 1998, as the plant was in the midst of preparing for the production launch, Toyota announced plans to also build at the plant the Sequoia SUV, based on the Tundra model, and the plant's output capacity was expanded from 100,000 to 150,000 vehicles per year. Production of the Sequoia began on schedule in 2000. Before the start of production, TMMI also began construction of the No. 2 Plant (the East Plant) in 2000 to handle the production transfer of the Sienna from TMMK.
Additionally, in March 2003 Toyota established Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. (TMMTX) in San Antonio, Texas, as a specialist plant for production of Tundra pickup trucks. Construction proceeded according to schedule and the plant's line-off ceremony was held in November 2006. The plant was charged with producing 200,000 second-generation Tundra vehicles per year.
Next, in April 2007 Toyota established a new vehicle production base in Union County, Mississippi. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc. (TMMMS) began operations in November 2011. Also in 2007, Toyota began commissioning annual production of 100,000 Camry vehicles at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA), a local entity of Toyota Motor Corporation's capital and business partner Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. This commission brought SIA's annual output, including Subaru vehicles, to approximately 240,000 units.