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Toyota to build RAV4 SUV in Cambridge

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The Toyota Rav4 will be built in Cambridge, Ont. starting in 2019. The company says Cambridge will be a North American hub for SUV manufacturing.

By: Dana Flavelle Economy, Published on Tue Nov 10 2015

Toyota says it will produce RAV4 vehicles in its Cambridge North Assembly plant starting in 2019.

The news helps allay fears about the plants future after Toyota announced production of its current vehicle, the Corolla, would be moved to a new facility in Mexico.

The decision to add the Rav4 and a Rav4 hybrid to the Cambridge plant will turn its southern Ontario manufacturing facilities into a North American hub for SUV production, the company said.

With Lexus RX in Cambridge, and Toyota RAV4 in Woodstock and Cambridge, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) will become a North American centre for sport utility vehicles.

The RAV4 and the RAV4 hybrid are great products for TMMC, Toyota Motor North America Chief Executive Officer Jim Lentz said in a news release. RAV4 is a leader in the fastest growing segment of the North American auto industry. We forecast that the segment will continue to demonstrate strong growth with the RAV4 being a major player.

Producing additional RAV4s, a more upscale, more complex, higher content vehicle, fits well with TMMCs well-earned reputation for quality, Lentz also said.

At the time Toyota announced Corolla production would be moved to Mexico, the company said only that it would bring a higher-value vehicle to Canada.

To accommodate the change, the Cambridge North Plant will receive significant new investment, including the introduction of Toyotas New Global Architecture (TNGA). No dollar figures were disclosed.

TNGA is an innovative, integrated approach to developing and building vehicles, involving new production equipment and new processes. Brian Krinock, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, said that with a new platform and the latest technology, TMMC will have the flexibility to respond to the evolving needs of the automotive marketplace.

He also said that 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.

When we implement this project in 2019, we will have been making vehicles in Canada for 30 years. This investment will revitalize our plant and create the foundation for our future success, Krinock said.

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