It was 2015 when Toyota confirmed its plans to locate a new car factory in Mexico, specifically in Guanajuato, and although the original plan was to produce the Corolla, some factors made the brand opt for assembling the Tacoma in the facilities located in the municipality of Apaseo El Grande.
This is the second production plant of the Japanese brand in Mexico, as there is another one in the municipality of Tecate, Baja California, where the midsize pickup has also been produced for several years.
The final product of both plants serves to supply the demand of the North American block, so this pickup is destined for Canada, the United States (including compliance with conditions for export to Hawaii and Puerto Rico) and our country to meet the demand.
The Bajío plant is currently prepared for the production of 100,000 units per year, in addition to directly employing 1,000 workers. The combined capacity of the two facilities results in an annual production of 266,000 Tacoma units per year.
The investment required for the facilities was close to US$700 million, but Toyota created a commitment with the State, in which it intends to disburse an additional US$247 million, for a total investment of US$947 million.
The new Toyota plant in the state has around 240 suppliers, of which seven came from Japan and the rest already had a distributor in the country. With all suppliers combined, more than 10 thousand indirect jobs will be generated, all related to contribute to the assembly of the mid-size pickup truck.
San Miguel de Allende rides the Bajio industrial boom
San Miguel de Allende wants the complete package: consolidate its cultural tourism, innovate in business tourism and consolidate in the industrial sector.
In 2014, a group of investors saw in San Miguel de Allende a business opportunity and established there the industrial park Polígono Empresarial San Miguel de Allende, which is now in its second phase of sale.
Located 15 kilometers from the center of the municipality, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the businessmen established the park, making it possible for San Miguel de Allende to enjoy its tourist and now also industrial vocation.
“It was a project that at the time could be perceived as adventurous, but very soon we realized that there is something different in San Miguel de Allende, because of the proximity of the automotive corridor with Guanajuato and the proximity to Queretaro. On that side, what we are looking for is simply to continue offering this exceptional product, this location, logistics and all the advantages of being here,” said Andrés Lomelín, director of Colliers Querétaro.
Polígono Empresarial San Miguel de Allende, is a 200-hectare industrial park that in 2017 was fully occupied and is home to companies from countries such as Germany, Spain, the United States and Mexico, mainly focused on serving the automotive and aerospace markets.
Through this Polygon–located at the Querétaro exit, federal highway 111, kilometer 21–San Miguel de Allende will detonate industrial activity in the region and create the necessary infrastructure to house new companies. It should be noted that in the second phase of the San Miguel de Allende Business Park, there are lots of land starting at 10,000 square meters.