Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
While other automakers retreat, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) represents a glowing vote of confidence in the future of vehicle assembly in Canada.
How glowing? Consider the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Platinum award — its highest possible honour for a plant — to Toyota’s Cambridge, Ont., North factory. In all, TMMC’s three Canadian plants have earned a remarkable 18 J.D. Power awards. Behind such rankings are the consistency and efficiency that Toyota values in allotting product.
TMMC President Fred Volf, who shepherded a $1.4-billion refit at the Cambridge plant (including $220 million in government support), says the plants have “demonstrated that we can remain competitive and build these products profitably in Canada, and we’re constantly improving.” With Corolla production shifted to Kentucky, the Canadian sites build the RAV4 and Lexus LX tall wagons and will soon get a shiny addition: the 2021 Lexus NX compact crossover that could be the brand’s first plug-in hybrid.
Volf, a 32-year Toyota veteran, retired at the end of 2019, with Frank Voss taking over on Jan. 1.