Japanese newspaper reports NUMMI to close


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A report out of Japan Tuesday night says Toyota has already decided to close the New United Motors, or NUMMI plant in Fremont.

The Nikkei Business Daily reports Toyota will cut production around the world by 10 percent, or one million vehicles -- and the first step is shutting down NUMMI.

The plant's future has been on the line since NUMMI's co-owner, General Motors, pulled out.

Union leaders in Fremont told ABC7 they have not heard from Toyota on this latest development, but they point out the last report of NUMMI's imminent demise turned out to be wrong.

Earlier Tuesday, East Bay State Senator Ellen Corbett was said to introduce a resolution to make it a legislative priority to save NUMMI and protect workers.

Toyota is still deciding whether to close the plant despite a recent increase in production.

The just ended cash-for-clunkers program created a higher demand for the fuel efficient Toyota corolla, which is assembled in Fremont.

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