Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC), a Canadian success story in terms of automotive production excellence, has produced its nine millionth vehicle, marking another significant milestone in the more than 30-year history of Southern Ontario’s automotive industry.
The vehicle – a Lexus RX 450h hybrid luxury SUV – is unique in that the Cambridge, Ont. plant is the only Toyota plant outside Japan deemed worthy of building a Lexus.
Today, TMMC’s Cambridge South plant builds the Lexus RX 350 and Lexus RX450h.
“We’re proud to reach this milestone and proud of our growth,” said Frank Voss, President of TMMC.“ In 1988 – the year we opened our first plant in Cambridge – our team members built 153 Toyota Corollas – and it took 10 years to produce our first million vehicles. We built the most recent million in just two years and we’re building almost 500,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles every year, making us the highest producing Toyota and Lexus plant in North America, and the second largest in the world.”
Since 1988, TMMC has also grown to become a major employer in Southwestern Ontario, with two lines in Cambridge and a third line in Woodstock that together employ more than 8,500 people.
Watch a video of Lexus RX450 production below: