Toyota will unite its North American manufacturing, vehicle development and planning offices into one business unit to streamline vehicle development and parts procurement here.
The new company, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America Inc., will appear in 2006. It will create a single management for Toyotas Ann Arbor, Mich., research and development subsidiary and the manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, Ky.
Toyota has not revealed who will manage the company. Atsushi Niimi, CEO of Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc. in Erlanger, will lead the transition team.