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Trump targets Toyota over Mexico manufacturing

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump threatened Thursday to impose
heavy taxes on Toyota Motor Corp. if the Japanese automaker goes
ahead with its plan to produce Corolla cars for the United States in
Mexico.
"Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to
build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big
border tax," he said on Twitter.
The tweet came a day after Toyota President Akio Toyoda
reportedly said in Tokyo that the automaker has no immediate plans to
reconsider its envisaged production in Mexico.
It also followed Ford Motor Co.'s cancellation this week of a
plan to build a new factory in Mexico in a move viewed as having
taken into consideration Trump's call to abandon the idea and create
more jobs in its home market.
Toyota announced in 2015 that it would spend $1 billion to build
a plant in Mexico with an annual production capacity of 200,000
vehicles. It will begin operating in 2019 and employ about 2,000
workers.
The new plant will take over production of Corolla passenger
cars from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.'s plant in
Cambridge, Ontario, which from 2019 will produce mid-sized,
higher-value vehicles instead as Toyota realigns its North American
production operations to reinforce its competitiveness in the region.
Since his election in November, Trump has been touting his
"America First" economic agenda by pressing companies to keep jobs
and production in the United States. (Jan. 5)