Toyota Motors Corp. is pondering an end to production at the NUMMI automobile plant in Fremont by March 2010, according to a published report in a major Japan-based newspaper.

The termination of Toyota production at the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. factory will be announced by the end of this month, Asahi Shimbun reported in its Saturday editions.

Asahi Shimbun cited no sources in its report. The report was distributed by Dow Jones Newswires.

NUMMI produces the Toyota Corolla compact car, the Toyota Tacoma truck and the Pontiac Vibe hatchback.

About 4,700 people work at the Fremont automotive plant. For a quarter-century, NUMMI has been a 50-50 joint venture between General Motors Corp. and Toyota.

General Motors will halt production of the Vibe this month. That was part of GM's decision to stop making the Pontiac brand.

When GM emerged from its bankruptcy a few weeks ago, it decided to withdraw from the NUMMI joint venture, leaving Toyota as the sole manufacturer at the plant.

After GM's disclosure, Toyota indicated in multiple instances that it might also exit the NUMMI venture. Toyota officials have repeatedly said they would disclose a decision by Aug. 31 about Toyota's future plans for NUMMI.

Toyota intends to shift production of the Tacoma trucks to a factory in Texas, the newspaper said, without naming a source.

Dow Jones Newswires contributed to this report.



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