Canada - Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) has announced that it will start producing the Lexus NX and NX Hybrid at its Cambridge plant in Ontario, Canada starting in early 2022. It already makes the Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h at the south side of the facility, as well as the Toyota Corolla at the north.
“Building on our recent Toyota RAV4 announcement and our recent facility modernisation investments, we are excited to announce that TMMC has been selected to produce the popular Lexus NX and Lexus NX Hybrid models for the entire North American market,” commented TMMC president Fred Volf. “Together with the company’s recent investments in our facilities, today’s announcement demonstrates the tremendous amount of trust that Toyota has in the Team Members here at TMMC.”
An investment of CDN $1.4 billion (US$1.04 billion) was recently set aside by Toyota in order to convert the north side of the Cambridge plant and the plant in Woodstock to the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. The plan is to meet the growing demand for SUVs in the North America market by using these facilities to make the RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid, both of which are based on the platform.
The Japanese OEM has made a similar move at its Blue Springs plant in Mississippi, spending $170m to ready the facility for the production of the 12th generation Corolla. This, again, is based on the TNGA platform.
In our upcoming addition of AMS Magazine, we will explore the impacts of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Canada’s vehicle manufacturing operations.