New United Motor Mfg. Inc.'s Fremont, CA, assembly plant, a joint venture between Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Corp., will begin building sport/utility vehicles for the automakers in 2001, Japanese news reports say. It's unclear what would happen to the plant's current lineup: the Chevrolet Prizm and Toyota Corolla and Tacoma, though GM insiders say Prizm is finished (see Ward's Automotive Reports — Aug. 31, '98 p.3). But Prizm's demise wouldn't free up much capacity; just 49,552 ...

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