Toyota Motor Sales USA on Thursday denied Japanese reports that it had made
a formal commitment to build an assembly plant in Mexico.
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However, spokesman Mike Michaels told Automotive News that Toyota was still
exploring the option.
"Sure we’re considering it," he said.
"But traditionally Toyota sets up sales and marketing first, then gauges
the potential to see whether building a plant is merited. We haven’t even started
News reports from Tokyo this week quoted Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castaneda
as saying that Toyota Chairman Hiroshi Okuda had made the commitment. Castaneda
was accompanying Mexico’s president Vincente Fox on a state visit to Japan.
Toyota has previously confirmed it would start selling vehicles in Mexico by
January 1st, 2004. Mexico will lower tariffs on vehicles imported from the United
States and Japan on that date.
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Toyota is expected to build most of the models it sells in Mexico in its U.S.
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