Toyota Breaks Ground on New Headquarters
There’s no turning back now for Toyota! The automaker broke ground this week on its new $350 million dollar headquarters with the help of a 2015 TRD Pro Series Tundra. Toyota announced last year it would move its U.S. base from Southern California to Plano, Texas. Construction should be completed by early 2017.
“The support and encouragement we’ve received from the community, civic leaders, business partners and nearby corporations has been nothing short of tremendous,” said Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor North America chief executive officer. “Our goal is to build an environmentally-sustainable campus that our new neighbors will welcome and our team members and associates will be proud to call home.”
Ford Exports Mustang
The Ford Mustang is officially going global. The first shipments of the 2015 Pony car are now on their way to Asia as Ford expands its exports overseas. The Mustang is due in Europe later this year.
“Henry Ford exported the sixth Model A assembled in 1903 and we continue this legacy today,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “The success of our One Ford plan presents opportunities for growth in global markets. Exporting Ford and Lincoln vehicles to Asia Pacific and beyond is an important part of Ford’s global growth story. Mustang is just one more example of the international demand for Ford cars and trucks.”
Automakers Sit Big Game Out
Finally, the list of automakers sitting out this year’s Big Game is growing. Quite a few brands are opting out this year, including Audi, Jaguar, Ford, Lincoln, GM, Honda, Acura, and Volkswagen. Some automakers say the timing just isn’t right in regards to their big vehicle launches. However, the $4.5 million price tag for a :30 Super Bowl ad spot could have something to do with it, too. Meanwhile, Chevy will still get its name out there. The game’s Most Valuable Player will get the keys to a shiny new Colorado pickup.
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