Toyota to build a Mazda2-based Yaris in 2015?
We're pretty sure it will happen, since the latest Yaris is getting long in the tooth.
That new Toyota will be based on the current Mazda2, which itself is based on the Ford Fiesta. Unless Toyota comes out with a completely new model, we're certain this vehicle will be the next-generation Yaris, given the timing and Toyota's penchant for keeping its model lineup consistent. The current Yaris was refreshed for 2012 and not given a full redesign; its 1.5-liter engine and antiquated 4-speed automatic were carried over -- all the more reason to see an all-new Yaris in 2015. Toyota refused to comment when asked about this model.
While Mazda is closing its only North American plant in Michigan by year's end and moving production of its 6 sedan back to Japan, it is building a new plant in Mexico to build the smaller 2 and 3 models. When the plant is finished, Mazda will ship the "Toyota-brand vehicle" to U.S. dealers starting in summer 2015 (call it Yaris, already!). About 50,000 cars will be built for the U.S. per year, according to Toyota.
When Mazda announced it would close its Michigan plant in June 2011 -- which has built more than 1.7 million cars since 1987 -- the company cited the need to "improve production and investment efficiencies." To be specific, Mazda North America had been posting four consecutive years of losses through 2011 and began cutting U.S. employees in March.
It's a good thing Mazda North America won't be importing all of its cars from Japan. On Tuesday, Suzuki's U.S. division said it was pulling out of the country, in part because it mismanaged its shipments and was harder hit by fluctuating exchange rates than most of its domestically produced rivals.
I have lost 2 jobs of my position being done in Hongkong/China
People, wake up.
The cost of producing something here, especially cars, has gotten out of hand. Autos, electronics, appliances, etc Some of these products don't really have a union here and they are not TOTALLY to blame. Its if I made a product here in america, and it cost 1 1/2 times for the lobor, and my competition makes it elsewhere and less costly including shipping, customs, etc. My product will be almost twice the cost on the retailers shelf. Since America buys price and not quality, I would be very stupid to think I could compete.
Yes, unions and their demands do play a big part (se the Hostess fracus), but buying price instead of quality is what fuels having it made overseas. Moreover, if a place is not a closed shop, the company must treat the employees the same regardless of union membership. Same pay, and benefits. (Thats the law)
Example: Yesterday we went to buy some outdoor Christmas lights at Walmart. They had 2 manufacturers for the style we wanted, and the product look very simular, as they MAY have been made at the same plant. One was "store brand" the other GE. Both conspicuously said "Made in China". The store brand was 60% of the GE. The GE rack was full and the store brand display was 1/2 full.
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