Key dates in the history of New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. in Fremont.

1982: General Motors closes Fremont assembly plant. Honda builds first Japanese car in United States.

1983: Toyota Chairman Eiji Toyoda and GM Chairman Roger Smith sign 12-year memorandum of understanding to build cars at shuttered Fremont plant. Ford closes Milpitas plant.

1984: Federal Trade Commission approves Toyota-GM joint-venture. First Chevrolet Nova built at NUMMI in December.

1985: Nova goes on sale in June. UAW Local 2244 approves first contract.

1986: First Toyota FX16 built. Yearly production passes 200,000

1988: Last Chevrolet Nova and Toyota FX built. First Geo/Chevrolet Prizm and Toyota Corolla built. Production falls to 128,000.

1990: Yearly production passes 200,000, again.

1991: First Toyota pickup built.

1992: GM closes Van Nuys plant, making NUMMI the West Coast's last auto factory.

1993: Yearly production passes 300,000. GM, Toyota ask FTC to vacate original 12-year order, say they'll continue at plant beyond 1996.

1994: NUMMI's only strike lasts two hours before new contract approved. NUMMI wins J.D. Power's silver award as second-best plant in North America. (It also wins silver or bronze awards in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2002.)

1995: Toyota pickup gets new name, Tacoma, with NUMMI as sole source of production.

2001: Prizm production ends.


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2002: First Pontiac Vibe built. First vehicle for Japanese market (Toyota Voltz) built. Toyota builds 10 millionth vehicle in North America with plants in Fremont, Kentucky, Indiana and Canada and plans for others in Texas and Mexico.

2004: NUMMI celebrates 20th anniversary. Second-generation Tacoma starts production in September.

2005: Yearly production passes 400,000.

2008: Second-shift production of Tacoma halted in November.

June 18, 2009: GM announces it will cease production of the Pontiac Vibe, the only GM vehicle made at the Fremont plant.

June 29, 2009: GM pulls out of the NUMMI partnership.

Aug. 27, 2009: Toyota announces the plant will shut in the spring.

March 26, 2010: The last truck, a Toyota Tacoma, rolls off the line.

April 1, 2010: The last car, a Toyota Corolla, rolls of the line.




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