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Indiana Celebrates New Jobs as 2014 Toyota Highlander Production Begins

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2014 Highlander dashThe completely redesigned 2014 Toyota Highlander has officially entered production, and as exciting as that is for the Japanese automaker, it’s even more exciting for the Princeton, Indiana, community, which is benefiting from 600 new jobs to aid in production.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) received a $430 million investment in order to craft the all-new 2014 Highlander.  The enhanced facilities will house the popular midsize SUV, as well as new employees of the Hoosier state who are excited to get to work.“Automotive manufacturers and suppliers around Indiana are putting their expansion plans into gear, creating jobs and more opportunities in every corner of the state,” said Indiana Lieutenant Governor, Sue Ellspermann, in a press release. “With Toyota’s launch of production for the new Highlander right here in the Hoosier State, we are witnessing an economy driving forward. From our world-class workforce to our low cost of doing business, Indiana proves daily that it is a state that works for automotive manufacturing.”

TMMI will also be responsible for the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid production, which will be manufactured early next year.

What do you think of the all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander?  Let us know in the comments below!

  • William B

    I have been thinking about a Highlander for a while. The 2014 styling put me off a bit, with its new rear windows hampering right rear quarter vision. Now I learn I’ll have to pay a higher price for a car that will be built by 600 trainees. I have to say no thanks.

    Next?

  • What a stupid thing to say ^….. Most of the major construction is robotic or robotic assisted…. if you consider ‘trainees’ people that perform the simplest of tasks where their every move is monitored…. well…. enough said. You really think that after a few weeks of doing the same, repetitive task is problematic? Wait a few months and then order one.

    • William B

      Why the insult? Are you a UAW executive? If so, thanks for destroying the U.S. auto industry by taking the work of talented engineers and turning it into overpriced, rattling, rusting, unreliable junk. I once had a Dodge Intrepid. Enormous interior room and trunk space, great performance and handling, surprising fuel economy, and great style. However, there were body parts that didn’t fit together right, the steering wheel would not stay centered, the paint wore through to the primer on the trunk lid in less than two years, and an intermittent gasoline leak in the engine compartment made it the scariest car I’ve ever owned. Excellent engineering, poorly made.

      I think the operative word in your comment is “most”. If a robotic assembly line were perfect, there would be -0- manufacturing defects. Yet I have yet to experience or hear of an instance where a person bought a new car, and the first time they went back to the dealership was for scheduled maintenance.

      I’ve owned Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Ford, Chevy, Buick, Dodge, Jeep, Mercury, Audi, AMC (may they rest in peace), and Subaru. The Buick was the worst, with the most problems out the door. The Subaru was the best and still is, with 202,000 miles. Not one of them, however, including the Toyota, was without things that had to be fixed because they weren’t done right the first time. Remember the old caution about cars built on Fridays? Everyone learns from mistakes made OJT. I’d just prefer that they learn before they get to my car.