Tokyo — TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces that it officially started production today* of its "RAV4" urban SUV at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc.'s (TMMC's) new and second plant, which is in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada.
Guests at a line-off ceremony at the plant included Canada's Minister of Industry Tony Clement and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. Also attending were TMC President Katsuaki Watanabe and TMMC President Ray Tanguay. Watanabe said: "We started production in nearby Cambridge 20 years ago, and the Woodstock plant reflects our continuing commitment to Canada."
The plant represents an investment of approximately 1.1 billion Canadian dollars and is the first RAV4 production base outside Japan. Operating on one shift, it will have an annual production capacity of 75,000 units.
TMC has sold 1.25 million units of the RAV4 in North America since it was launched there in 1996.
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*December 4, in Canada