Toyota Builds its 500,000th Corolla in Mississippi

500K Corolla built in Mississippi

500K Corolla built in Mississippi

Toyota assembles the Corolla at plants around the world: from Brazil and South Africa to Turkey, Pakistan, China, Taiwan, and Thailand. But the one we get here in the U.S. is built in Mississippi, and that location has just finished its 500,000th Corolla. Click here for photos. The Auto Blog reports that the plant in Blue Springs, MS, is just one of a half-dozen assembly plants Toyota operates in the United States, but reached the half-million mark faster than any of the others. It began production late in 2011 and took over Corolla assembly from the NUMMI plant in California previously operated via joint venture with General Motors and now occupied by Tesla. Last year, the 2,000 workers at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi built 180,000 Corollas, contributing to the 10 million units of the model Toyota has sold in America since it was introduced here in 1968 and the 21 million vehicles Toyota has made in America over the years. In a press release, Toyota noted that it has created nearly 3,700 jobs and invested more than $1.26 billion in the Mississippi’s economy. For more on Toyota’s investment in manufacturing in the United States, click here.

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