NUMMI Bids To Add Toyota's Hybrid Line

Fremont, California plant, a 20-year-old joint venture between GM and Toyota must compete against five other Toyota plants in North America where production costs are lower.

Published: 24-Jan-2005

State and local officials are working with executives at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., or NUMMI, to convince Japanese auto giant Toyota to locate its first North American hybrid car factory at the Fremont plant.

Bringing hybrid production to NUMMI would be a major coup for the 5.3 million-square-foot union shop, a joint-venture between General Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. that employs 5,300 workers.

But it would be an even bigger symbolic win for the Bay Area and the entire state, and burnish Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's image as being both pro-business and pro-environment.

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