In mid-October, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., (TMMK) produced the first Toyota Camry hybrid made in the United States. Located in Georgetown, Kentucky, the plant is scheduled to manufacture up to 48,000 Camry hybrids.
“To build Toyota’s first North American-made hybrid is quite an honor and is a real tribute to our Kentucky workforce,” said TMMK President Steve St. Angelo.
Toyota invested $10 million for equipment modification and employee training at the plant, which has approximately seven thousand workers. The Camry hybrid is the first hybrid vehicle the company has manufactured in the United States. It retails for $25,900.
“America’s hybrid leader now sells a Camry hybrid made in America,” said Don Esmond, Toyota Motor Sales senior vice president, Automotive Operations. “Production at the new Kentucky plant marks an exciting chapter in Toyota’s history and a monumental step toward our ongoing commitment to hybrid technology.”
In addition, Reuters has reported that Toyota is planning to increase its production of the Prius. In 2007, the company will produce approximately 300,000 of the vehicles in Japan, an increase of 50 percent.