Toyota may start production of a new model in Canada, a spokesperson for the company told Automotive News Canada mid-March, while not revealing any other details.

Toyota Canada “make an announcement once this decision has been made,” he told the news outlet.

The Japanese automaker currently assembles its RAV4 SUV in plants in Woodstock and Cambridge, Ontario.

An upcoming RAV4 Hybrid is set to begin production on those same lines in April 2019. The company also builds Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h SUVS in Cambridge.

The report from Automotive News Canada comes the same day Toyota Motor North America announced it would spend US$749 million to add 600 jobs to plants in five states in the U.S.

The expansion should not impact Canadian production; while the RAV4 Hybrids built here will supply only the Canadian market, the gasoline-powered RAV4s out of the Cambridge and Woodstock plants will still be shipped across North America.

“[Toyota Canada] will continue to be the largest producer of RAV4 vehicles for North American markets,” the company said Thursday.

It said in May 2018 that it would invest $1.4 billion Canadian on the two plants; some $220 million of that investment was contributed by the federal and provincial governments.

Source: Driving

March 14, 2019