Monday, March 13, 2006

Camry Production To Begin In Indiana Spring '07

Toyota announced today that it will produce the Camry at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) plant in Lafayette as part of an agreement reached between Toyota and Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru's parent. (Toyota is a Fuji Heavy stakeholder.)

The SIA plant currently produces the Subaru B9 Tribeca, Outback, Legacy and Baja vehicles. Toyota will invest $230 million to upgrade the facility and prepare it for Camry production. To make room for the Camry line, Tribeca production will move to the line that is currently producing Outback, Legacy, and Baja (all four vehicles share the same platform).

When production begins in Spring'07, the Camry line at SIA will be capable of producing 100,000 vehicles. This line replaces Japanese Camry production capacity and will make it easier for Toyota to deliver the Camry, the top-selling car in the United States, to U.S. customers.

The company states that the new Camry line will create 1,000 new jobs in Indiana. Once online, the Indiana plant will elevate Toyota's North American production capacity for cars and trucks to roughly 2,000,000 vehicles annually.

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