OTTAWA -- Toyota Motor Corp. will produce the Lexus NX and the hybrid version of the NX at its Cambridge, Ont., plant.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada will build the vehicle for the North American market starting in 2022, the Japan-based automaker and Ontario government said Monday.
Toyota will have extra capacity at the plant after announcing in March that it would shift production of the hybrid RAV4 SUV in Cambridge to its plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Last year, the company committed to invest $1.4 billion in its Cambridge and Woodstock plants in Ontario. The federal government and Ontario government each committed $110 million to support the investment.
“Toyota’s operations in Canada are here to stay,” said Fred Volf, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., flanked by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the plant located about 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Toronto.
“These recent investments allow us to change swiftly and smoothly,” he said. “It means that TMMC will continue to be a leader in automotive manufacturing in Canada and globally, and it means TMMC will build the most technologically advanced, most in-demand cars in the Toyota-Lexus global climate.”
It is good news for Canada's auto industry, especially in Ontario, after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said in March it would cut a shift at its Windsor assembly plant, leading to 1,500 job losses, and General Motors said last year it would shut its Oshawa factory by the end of 2019.
Last week, Bloomberg reported the plant would also produce a three-row version of the RX, which is also produced in Cambridge. However, Volf said Monday that report was inaccurate.