Toyota has announced that the Toyota RAV4 crossover will be produced at the carmaker’s Cambridge North Assembly plant from 2019, the same year in which production of the Toyota Corolla will stop at the said plant.
The RAV4 and its Hybrid variant both will be produced at the Cambridge plant which also makes the Lexus RX; the RAV4 is also produced at the Woodstock facility. This announcement also makes it clear that Toyota intends to make Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) the North American hub for sport utility vehicles.
The plant is currently not equipped to produce the crossover, hence Toyota will infuse significant investment into the plant so that it can produce vehicles based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. TMMC President, Brian Krinock states that “with a new platform and the latest technology, TMMC will have the flexibility to respond to the evolving needs of the automotive marketplace. Bringing TNGA to Canada will propel us to the next generation of automotive manufacturing and provide the basis for our longstanding commitment to employment stability.”
TMMC has three manufacturing plants in Ontario, Canada that employ over 8,000 workers. These plants also have the distinction of being the first outside of Japan to produce a Lexus vehicle.