Toyota has been building Corollas at the plant at a rapid pace. The company made its 500,000th Corolla not too long ago in February 2015. The Corolla is the only vehicle made at the facility.
For decades now, Toyota has been trying to build cars in the markets where they are sold. The automaker broke ground on the plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi, in 2007 but put construction on hold during the recession. In November 17, 2011, Toyota produced its first Corolla at the plant, which can make 170,000 units a year.
Toyota will continue making Corollas in the 2 million square foot facility in Mississippi. Starting in 2021, Toyota and Mazda will open a shared plant in the U.S. that will build Corollas and Mazda crossovers. Toyota had originally planned to make Corollas from 2019 at its new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, but the automaker ultimately decided it will build the Tacoma pickup there instead.
The Toyota Corolla sedan hasn’t been completely redesigned since the 2014 model year, but it did undergo a mild face-lift for 2017. Power comes from a 1.8-liter inline-four making between 132 and 140 hp.