Marcus De Guzman / Toyota | June 29, 2017 12:07
2018 Toyota Camry production kicks off in the US
The all-new Camry will finally hit the road soon as Toyota recently started production of the next-generation D-segment sedan at their Georgetown, Kentucky factory in the US.
In preparation for this, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) recently hired 700 new employees in support of the launch of the 2018 Camry. It will be the first vehicle that will be produced in the US that uses the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).
Apart from that, Toyota also invested $1.33 billion at TMMK to streamline production of TNGA, as well as give the production facility a makeover. The company added that TNGA will allow for a more flexible production environment which will allow TMMK to manufacture better cars and meet customer demand.
“The launch of the next-generation Camry is important for Toyota in America, and expands the company’s footprint in and commitment to Kentucky. We are proud to be the first in North America to produce a vehicle with TNGA. It’s a testament to the skill and dedication of our team members,” said Wil James, president of TMMK.
First revealed during the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the 2018 Camry features a sportier design that makes it more aerodynamic than before. It is also set to have a lower center of gravity, a more rigid body and a more comfortable ride quality.
It will also come with the brand's latest Human Machine Interface (HMI) via the following; a 10-inch color monitor, 7-inch multi-info display and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Three new powertrain options will be available for the 2018 Camry. First is an all-new 2.5-liter inline-four which will be mated to a newly-developed 8-speed automatic Direct Shift automatic gearbox. There will also be a new 3.5-liter V6 which now benefits from D-4S and the next-generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS II) which will come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
“The 2018 Camry takes it to another level. It catches the eye. It has more horsepower, better fuel economy, and new technology that customers want. That all adds up to more job security and stability for my family,” said Chad Lindon, a team member of the factory's Powertrain Production.
The all-new Toyota Camry will arrive in US dealerships soon.