Article from The Record - July 24, 2012
CAMBRIDGE – Toyota is expanding production of the Lexus RX sport utility vehicle in Cambridge, a move that will result in about 400 new jobs.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada will increase Lexus production by 30,000 vehicles, to 104,000 a year, starting in early 2014, the company announced Tuesday.
“For almost nine years now, Canada has had the only Lexus production outside of Japan,” company chair Ray Tanguay said in a news release. “New jobs, along with new technology, is great news for Canada.”
The new jobs will bring the company’s employment in Cambridge and Woodstock to 7,300, and increase it annual production of vehicles to 500,000 units.
Toyota also makes the Corolla and Matrix in Cambridge, and the RAV4 in Woodstock.
Half of the additional Lexus vehicles Toyota will produce in Cambridge will be the RX450h, the hybrid electric version of the vehicle.
“This is a big and ambitious project with new technology, exacting standards and tight timelines,” said Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada president Brian Krinock. “Our team members have demonstrated time and time again that they thrive on these kinds of challenges.”