Toyota is investing $100 million to expand its Cambridge, Ontario assembly plant to increase production numbers for the 2013 Lexus RX crossover. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) expects the new investment to add some 400 jobs by the time the expansion is complete in early 2014.
The $100 million investment is part of a larger, $745 million investment that Toyota has been rolling out since February for various plants in the U.S. and Canada. At the Cambridge facility, the money will go to ramping up RX production by 30,000 units, bringing annual volume to a total of 104,000 vehicles, and the capacity to build 15,000 RX 450h hybrid models in North America for the first time. The RX is far and away Lexus’ best-selling model, with almost 45,000 sold in the first half of this year; that bodes well for the Cambridge expansion, since roughly 35,000 of them were built there.
TMMC also builds the Toyota Corolla, Matrix, RAV4, and RAV4 EV at its facilities in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario. We have also reported on rumors that the Japanese giant is considering moving some production of the Lexus ES sedan to North America, as the car is the brand’s second-best-selling vehicle.
Expanded production at Cambridge for the RX is expected to be ready by early 2014. Expect production of the recently facelifted 2013 model to continue, since an all-new RX isn’t expected until 2015.