Toyota moving from California to Texas

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LOS ANGELES — Toyota is moving its national headquarters from the Los Angeles suburbs to Plano, Texas, Automotive News reports, based on unnamed sources.

The move will affect most of the 5,000 employees based Toyota’s sprawling campus in Torrance, the News says. The U.S. operation has been based in Southern California for 57 years. Executives were told Friday and rank-and-file employees will be told Monday.

Reached for response late Sunday, Toyota spokeswoman Julie Hamp said she will “not comment on rumor and speculation.”

Once Southern California was the U.S. home to Japan’s Big 3 — Toyota, Nissan and Honda. Then Nissan announced it was leaving for Smyrna, Tenn., in 2005 and Honda started moving executives to Ohio last year.

Toyota makes its pickup trucks in San Antonio. Having closed a California manufacturing plant — the site was taken over by Tesla — Toyota’s manufacturing plants are concentrated in the South and East.

But known for its hybrids and other “green” technologies, Toyota’s spiritual home seemed to be firmly rooted in Southern California.

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