Demand for SA-made vans growing regardless of sluggish Toyota gross sales

SAN ANTONIO – Toyota purchased almost 11,000 Tundra pickup autos within the U.S. in March, a 57% increase above the same month a yr previously.

12 months to this point demand from prospects was additionally exceptional because the automaker moved greater than 22,600 of the full-dimension vans produced in South San Antonio off of provider tons, an 18.3% enhance greater than preliminary quarter 2021 gross sales.

Which is great data for Toyota and for the Alamo Metropolis, which proceeds to attract additional auto manufacturing train to the area. And it’ll come because the automaker tales a way more than 26% drop in over-all U.S. product sales in March and a 14.7% lower in 1Q 2022.

In 2021, Toyota Tundra gross sales had been being down nearly 25% 12 months in extra of 12 months. In December, product sales of the truck plummeted extra than 69% from the equivalent month in 2020.

Toyota officers indicated in February that the corporate’s system to diversify car technology in San Antonio was on routine regardless of a relentless pandemic and provide chain disruptions. That diversification will embody a shift of the automaker’s Sequoia SUV technology to San Antonio to interchange operate on the extra compact Tacoma truck.

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The alterations are portion of a nearly $400 million reinvestment the agency is making in its Toyota Motor Producing Texas Inc. plant within the Alamo Metropolis. That facility workers someplace round 3,200 staff.

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