Toyota has begun production of the all-new 2018 Camry at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., (TMMK).
The 2018 Toyota Camry is the first vehicle in North America to be built with Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), Toyota's new global platform that was first introduced on the new generation Toyota Prius.
Recently, Toyota Kentucky hired more than 700 new staff, bringing the total number of staff to over 8,000.
In 2016, the largest Toyota plant in the world produced 11 million vehicles in the past 31 years, which includes more than 8 million Camrys. Last year. TMMK produced more than 500,000 new vehicles, including the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Lexus ES 350, representing nearly a quarter of the number of Toyota vehicles produced in North America.
Earlier this year, Toyota announced that they have invested USD1.33 billion at TMMK for TNGA improvements that will modernize and streamline its production process. Since its establishment in 1986, TMMK represents a USD 7 billion investment. Over the next five years, Toyota will be investing USD 10 billion, adding to the USD 22 billion the company has invested over the past 60 years.
“The launch of the next-generation Camry is important for Toyota in America, and expands the company’s footprint in and commitment to Kentucky,” said Wil James, president, TMMK. “We are proud to be the first in North America to produce a vehicle with TNGA. It’s a testament to the skill and dedication of our team members.”