Toyota produces 25-millionth vehicle in North America

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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That Toyota has even managed to make the Avalon cool, what was once the automotive equivalent of a comb-over, is testament 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid (Photo: Toyota)
to their newfound style. That a 2013 Avalon Hybrid has just become the 25 millionth vehicle the Japanese automaker has produced in North America is testament to unparalleled customer loyalty built on quality, reliability and myriad other attributes often heaped upon the brand.

"Toyota's 25 millionth vehicle signifies the tireless work of thousands of Toyota team members, hundreds of North American supplier partners, and great dealers giving their best every day," said Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. "We continue to evolve as a company thanks to their commitment to build the best vehicles in the market."

The Classic Silver 2013 Avalon was assembled at Toyota's Georgetown, Kentucky facility, one of 1.2 million Avalons produced since the nameplate's introduction in 1994. In addition, more than 9.2 million Avalon, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Sienna and Venza models, plus the now discontinued Solara, not to mention four- and six-cylinder engines for various Toyota models, have been produced at the Kentucky plant since it opened 26 years ago in 1986. Georgetown is the first Toyota plant in the U.S. and the largest of brand's manufacturing facilities outside of Japan with over 6,600 employees. Since that time Toyota has invested $24 billion in its North American operations and created 365,000 jobs. Current North American production boasts 12 models that represent 70-percent of U.S. unit sales.

"We thank the millions of customers, some of the finest team members in the world, hundreds of excellent North American suppliers and our outstanding dealers who have supported us in reaching this milestone," said Bill Fay, Group Vice President and General Manager, Toyota Division, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

In addition to Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK), Toyota's North American production facilities include New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), which used to build the Corolla, Tacoma and Voltz; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. (TMMI) in Princeton, which builds the Highlander, Sienna, Tundra and Sequoia; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. (TMMC) in Cambridge, Ontario and Woodstock, Ontario, which builds the Corolla, Matrix, RAV4, RAV4 EV, RX 350 (Lexus) and previously built the Solara; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc. (TMMMS) in Blue Springs, which builds the Corolla; Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California (TMMBC) in Baja California, Mexico, which builds the Tacoma; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. (TMMTX) in San Antonio, responsible for Tacoma and Tundra production; and Subaru Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA), which builds overflow Camrys.

"This is a pivotal time in Toyota's history," said Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. "What better way to cap off 26 years of manufacturing excellence than with the all-new Kentucky-built Avalon, a shining example of what our customers have to look forward to in the future."

The all-new 2013 Avalon offers a much more dramatic design than previous models, with a deep, wide grille below chrome strikethroughs that sweep back from a centre-mounted badge towards LED-enhanced headlight clusters. A wedged profile provides a more performance-oriented look than last year's Avalon, while the new rear design gets large angular LED tail lamps visually tied together with a tasteful strip of chrome. Toyota has improved the car's interior design, ergonomics and ambience too, with nicer materials and more features, while a carryover base front-wheel drive, V6 powertrain is now joined by a new hybrid model.

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Topics: Crossover, Sedan, Hybrid, HEV, EV, Lexus, Toyota, 2013, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Solara, Tacoma, Tundra, Camry Hybrid, RX 350, Venza, RAV4 EV,

Organizations: Toyota, Lexus

Geographic location: North America, Tacoma

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