Lexus NX, Lexus NX Hybrid to be Produced in Canada
Lexus is investing $1.4 billion in The Great White North to upgrade its Cambridge, Ontario facility, known as Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. This modernization investment will help TMCC produce the bestselling Lexus NX and Lexus NX Hybrid compact luxury SUVs for the entire North American market, starting in early 2022.
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“Our operations and Team Members in Canada have won multiple international awards for plant quality, and continue to play an important role within Toyota’s global production strategy,” remarked Jim Lentz, chief executive officer for Toyota Motor North America. He further explained that this investment will help Lexus better serve its dealers and customers.
A brief history of Lexus in Canada
Since TMMC first began manufacturing vehicles in Canada back in 1985, the automaker has invested more than $8.5 billion in its Canadian facilities, which have since produced more than 8 million vehicles. Toyota Canada employs about 8,500 Canadians across three facilities in Cambridge and Woodstock.
In 2003, TMMC had the honor of being the first facility outside of Japan entrusted to produce Lexus vehicles, and has made more than 1.3 million Lexus RX and Lexus RX hybrid luxury SUVs for the North American market.
There’s a good reason that Lexus trusts TMMC with producing its luxury models. “Our secret sauce, if you will, is our team members,” commented TMMC president Fred Volf “Our members have a strong sense of what it costs to build our vehicles. It’s really that dedication.”
Now, the $1.4 billion investment will help TMMC upgrade to Toyota’s New Global Architecture platform, giving it greater flexibility, higher efficiency and the means to produce these high-end Lexus models.
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