Toyota Builds 10 Millionth Car at Kentucky Plant
Toyota is celebrating the 10 millionth car built at its manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky. this week. When the plant opened in 1988, the first model to roll off the line was a Camry. At that time, the plant employed just 3,000 workers. Just 26 years later, the plant now has 7,000 employees and has received a total of $5.9 billion in investments. The 10 millionth vehicle to pass through the Kentucky plant will also be a Camry, specifically a white Camry Hybrid. Unlike the very first model, which was preserved for historical purposes, the 10 millionth car will be given away in a drawing among Toyota team members later this summer. The Toyota Camry has been the top-selling car for 15 out of the last 16 years in the U.S. It came second place only in 2001, losing to the Honda Accord. Other than the Camry, Toyota's Kentucky plant also produces the Avalon large sedan, Avalon Hybrid, and Venza wagon as well as four-cylinder and V-6 engines. In the past, production also included the Sienna minivan and Solara coupe. Next year, the plant will be the first in the U.S. to make a Lexus vehicle, the ES350 luxury sedan. Source: Toyota
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