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Toyota confirms it's moving Tacoma truck production out of Texas

Toyota is moving proaction of the Tacoma across the border.

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American writer Carl Sandburg once said, "Texas is a blend of valor and swagger." What Texas no longer will be is the home of the Toyota Tacoma. Toyota has confirmed that it's moving production of the midsize truck acres the border.

The Japanese automaker is in the midst of a shift as its switches its Indiana plant to midsize SUV and minivan production by 2022. That will move production of the Toyota Sequoia to San Antonio, currently home of the Tacoma and Toyota Tundra. Tacoma production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas will end by late 2021.

2020 Toyota Tacoma The Tacoma is the fourth best-selling pickup truck in the U.S.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Toyota is already producing some Tacoma models in Mexico. Its Baja California plant has been rolling them off the line since 2004 and last month the Guanajuato plant began assembly of the truck.

When production is fully up and running in Mexico, Toyota will be able to produce around 266,000 Tacomas a year. They sold over 248,000 of them in the U.S. in 2019.

Toyota says that no U.S. jobs will be impacted by the shift.

With the enacting of United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), automakers will be able to manufacturer vehicles in Mexico without incurring harsh penalties.

The Tacoma got some upgrades for the 2020 model year. It is expected to be all-new for the 2023 model year.

The Toyota Tundra is also up for a redesign. It is expected that the Tundra will debut in the next year and share a frame with a redesigned Sequoia. Toyota's move allows those models to be produced at the same plant. The Sienna, Toyota's minivan, is also expected to be redesigned soon. There have been indications that Toyota is looking to bring back the Venza, a wagon-like crossover. An assembly line shift in Indiana could possibly accommodate this forthcoming model.

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Toyota's ready to make a big announcement.

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Auto Shanghai has another surprise in store. Toyota will debut an electrified vehicle next week and ahead of that moment, the company has leaked teaser photos and video featuring the model on its social media channels.

One of the posts, available on Twitter and Instagram, showcases the vehicle and a series of conceptual, perhaps inspirational, related items. A light shines as a reflection in an eye. A design on paper leads to a math equation. A laser, perhaps a plasma cutter, is focused on an object. Watch the see the rest.


It passes by quickly, but in there is the shape of a crossover. We've captured the moment in a still photo below so you can take a longer look. From the body design quickly shown here, the SUV is shaped more like the Toyota Venza than the Toyota RAV4. The key here is the rear side window, which is more triangular, like the Venza, than the squared-off RAV4''s.

202 The shape of the vehicle is similar to the Toyota Venza.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota Venza EV

The face of the vehicle, shown in another social media post (this time on Instagram) and at the top of this article, shows a pared back vehicle face. The height of the vehicle confirms that it's in fact a crossover body style.

We do know that Subaru and Toyota have been working on an electric SUV for a while. While Subaru is likely calling the vehicle "Evoltis" there's some indication that Toyota may be reviving the "Celica" name for the EV. Batteries, after all, are made up of cells.

As of right now, we have to take the wait-and-see approach. One thing's for sure. We'll know more next week.

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The WarnerMediaRIDE App provides thousands of hours of streaming content to Toyota and Lexus vehicle owners.

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If there's one thing parents want, it's a way to keep kids from fighting in the car. Not only that, it has to work. Toyota and AT&T have teamed up to deliver just such a solution to Toyota and Lexus vehicle owners.

When connected to AT&T in-car Wi-Fi, the WarnerMedia RIDE App allows Toyota and Lexus owners to connect up to five compatible devices to browse, stream and share content from the open road. Passengers can view a rotating selection of live and on-demand content, including thousands of hours of hit TV shows and movies from top channels and services such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, and TruTV, spanning animation, news and sports programming and more.

Owners of select 2020 model year and newer Toyota and Lexus vehicles are eligible for a complimentary Wi-Fi data plan trial for up to 90 days. Owners can activate their trial within the Toyota and Lexus owners app.

2021 Toyota Highlander Select Toyota vehicles will get the tech. Expect the Toyota Sienna to be one of them. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

"By working with AT&T to provide access to WarnerMedia RIDE, we are reimagining the in-vehicle entertainment experience and ensuring that passengers have access to their favorite content wherever the road may take them," said Steve Basra, group vice president, Toyota Motor North America, Connected Technologies. "We're also excited to offer additional enhancements within our customer app and to provide one resource for our customers to access their in-vehicle features."

"Customers are hungry for access to new experiences with integrated, everywhere connectivity. Our relationship with Toyota is helping us deliver more for our customers – whether they're on a long road trip or short commute," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T Business. "Since the launch of WarnerMedia RIDE, passengers are enjoying their favorite animated friends with 'Looney Tunes', 'Tom & Jerry', and 'The Jetsons' as some of our most watched content."

The WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers. The Toyota and Lexus Owner App download is available for iPhone or Android smartphones.

Toyota isn't the only company getting into the streaming game. Stellantis recently announced that select customers will be able to stream Amazon Prime TV programming in their new Jeep Wagoneers.

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