Toyota axes California plant

Toyota is stopping production at its carmaking plant in California, leaving 4,500 workers likely to lose their jobs.<br /><br />New United Motor Manufacturing Inc, or NUMMI, was a joint venture in Fremont between Toyota and General Motors, but GM withdrew earlier this year as part of its bankruptcy agreement.<br /><br />Now Toyota has also decided to stop work there and move production further south. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said efforts are underway to transform the site to alternative uses.<br /><br />Up to 35,000 other jobs in California are indirectly affected by the closure.