Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Celebrates 20 Years of Lexus Production

The milestone follows the RX’s eighth J.D. Power Vehicle Segment Award

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CAMBRIDGE, Ontario – September 26, 2023 – Twenty years ago today, on September 26, 2003, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) became the first plant outside Japan to manufacture a Lexus vehicle. On that day, a silver Lexus RX 330 drove through a banner and was presented to an audience of dignitaries and TMMC Team Members.

Twenty years, four generations and eight J.D. Power Vehicle Segment Awards later, TMMC continues to produce the popular Lexus RX. In 2014, TMMC added the RX Hybrid, making Lexus the first luxury brand to offer a hybrid in the luxury crossover segment. In March 2022, TMMC’s commitment to Lexus craftmanship was recognized again when the Lexus NX and NX Hybrid vehicles were added to TMMC’s family of vehicles, giving TMMC the designation of the first plant outside Japan to build two Lexus vehicles. Today, the RX and NX account for more than 60% of Lexus vehicles sold in North America.

“It is the exceptional skill of our world-class team at TMMC that earned us the opportunity to build Lexus in Canada back in 2003,” said Frank Voss, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. “And our passionate pursuit of perfection over the past 20 years, which includes being recognized as the best automotive manufacturing plant in the world in 2011, 2014 and 2019, has only increased confidence in TMMC’s commitment to deliver the highest quality product to our Guests.”

“As a member of the audience that day in 2003, I can attest to the deep sense of pride that was in the air as we had put our heart and soul into the preparations for that moment,” said Robert (Bob) Ruggieri, Vice President, Manufacturing, at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. “This is a great opportunity for our team to celebrate our success over the past twenty years and look forward to what the next twenty will hold.”

In August 2022, TMMC produced its 10 millionth vehicle, a red Lexus NX 350h. The introduction of the Lexus NX and the 2023 RX major model change in 2022 represents an additional Toyota investment of over $1 Billion into our Canadian operations.

About Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC) manufactures the Toyota RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, Lexus RX 350, RX 350h and RX 500h as well as the Lexus NX and NX hybrid at three manufacturing facilities in Ontario. TMMC is the most awarded auto plant in the Americas and the second most awarded plant globally. It employs approximately 8,500 Canadians, has the capacity to produce more than 500,000 vehicles annually and has been Canada’s highest volume automotive manufacturer over the past five years.


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