New 2014 Corollas start rolling off the line

New-CorollaThe Daily Journal

BLUE SPRING – The 2,000 employees at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi have begun making the 2014 Corolla.

The first 11th-generation Corolla rolled off the line last Wednesday at the automaker’s plant in Blue Springs, and should be hitting dealers’ lots in the next few weeks.

Production time at TMMMS has decreased from 86 seconds a vehicle to 78 seconds per vehicle, officials said. The plant builds 650 vehicles a day, with annual capacity now at 160,000.

So far, TMMMS has built more than 224,000 Corollas.

Toyota is expected to produce 10.1 million vehicles this year, the first automaker to build more than 10 million vehicles in a year.