No More Made-In-Japan Toyota Vehicles in the United States?

January 22nd, 2013
Toyota Corolla Furia concept

Toyota Furia concept

“Made in Japan” is a stamp of honor worn by many Toyota vehicles in the United States. For decades, vehicles built in the Land of the Rising Sun were synonymous with quality and known for exceptional build quality. That’s still true today, but a future is in sight when all Toyota cars sold here in the U.S. will have also been built in North America.

What would that mean for the definition of a “domestic car”? Would Toyota’s reputation for quality remain as strong?

This is nowhere near a done deal, but considering the vast majority of Toyotas sold here are already built here, it’s a possibility that should be taken seriously.

Currently about 70 percent of Toyotas sold in the U.S. are built in North America. That includes the Avalon, CamryCorollaHighlanderTacoma, Tundra, Sienna and RAV4. Models built in Japan are the Yaris, FJ Cruiser and Land Cruiser. The easiest way to make all Toyota vehicles sold here American-made would be to simply the discontinue the ones that aren’t.

Really, would anyone miss the Yaris and FJ Cruiser? Didn’t think so. The Land Cruiser certainly has a loyal following, but maybe it could be the lone exception for import. The Prius, currently built in Japan, could have production shifted to the U.S. in 2015.

Whatever Toyota plans to do about production, there’s no question it is increasing its American work force and becoming as domestic a brand as Ford and Chevrolet. The Detroit Free Press said,

Toyota has also expanded design and engineering centers, such as the CALTY styling studio near Los Angeles and its technical center in Ann Arbor.

Last year, Toyota added or announced 3,500 new jobs and investment of $1.6 billion in North America.

With so much engineering, design, manufacturing and investment in the U.S., when does Toyota stop being a foreign brand?


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    1. Hugo Avila
      July 18th, 2016 at 17:20 | #1

      My 2007 Camry XLE is made in Japan it is far better car than my mother’s which is brand new purses junk it wobbles and makes noise and she’s only got 50 2000 miles mine has 137000 miles on it and it rides like new if I wanted junk, I would have bought a Dodge

    2. Sam
      February 13th, 2016 at 22:39 | #2

      My 1997 Camry was made in Japan and has 215000 miles and original front struts,alternator, as well as muffler. Still drives better than most new American made junk.

    3. Sam
      February 13th, 2016 at 22:36 | #3

      Since Toyota started making most models here in the US the quality has definitely gone down. They have cheaper out on carpet,fit and finish and many other parts. The best Toyota are still made in Japan.8

    4. adam
      October 15th, 2014 at 19:55 | #4

      If I’m paying for a japanese made car I want one actually made by the japanese. If I want junk ill buy dodge.

    5. Haydn Atkins
      September 9th, 2014 at 02:44 | #5

      The Toyota 4runner is still built in Japan, this wasn’t mentioned in your article. Thanks.

    6. jason
      April 29th, 2013 at 03:12 | #6

      No, Toyota is saying, if you want made-in-Japan quality, spend at least 20k more and buy a Lexus.

    1. May 17th, 2016 at 17:26 | #1