Production of the all-new, new-generation 2022 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup commenced in a big way last week outside San Antonio as the first such rig rolled off the recently expanded final-assembly line at the huge Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas plant, where the line dedicated to U.S. Tundra production is located. Despite the obvious import of launching a new model, TMMTX and its workforce of 3,200 will also be producing the first hybrid-powertrain version of the Tundra, which will be rolled out early next year. The Tundra rollout marks the line’s first major model change since Texas truck production commenced for Toyota in 2006.
Among the usual welter of politicians, the rollout was also witnessed by representatives of more than 20 on-site suppliers that regularly do business with TMMTX. Toyota invested $319 million in the plant two years ago in anticipation of the new Tundra project, adding 141,000 square feet of assembly space to the already sprawling plant, which now has the capacity to produce some 208,000 new vehicles annually.