The joint venture Toyota-GM NUMMI plant in California recently closed, bringing an end to an era of limited but moderately successful cooperation between the two automakers.
The NUMMI plant, which began operations back in the 1980s, was the North American manufacturing location for some high volume models for both Toyota and GM. The last model to roll off the assembly line was a Toyota Corolla, one of the best selling automobiles in history. The plant formerly produced several Corolla-based products for GM, including the Chevrolet Nova, the Chevrolet/Geo Prizm, and the Pontiac Vibe. The plant was also a production location for the rugged and reliable Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.
Our flagship blog The Car Connection provided some back story on the origins of the NUMMI plant, the intentions of both Toyota and GM in forming the venture, and the some of the impact the plant had on both automakers. This plant made history by starting the wave of Asian automakers locating manufacturing facilities in the United States. It also unfortunately made history as the only Toyota plant ever to be shut down. Around 4,700 workers have lost their jobs.
For more details on the NUMMI plant closure, head on over to The Car Connection.
[Source: The Car Connection]