To help meet demand for the best-selling Lexus RX SUV, Toyota is investing more than $100 million to increase output at the Cambridge, Ontario. The expansion, which also includes the planned hiring of an additional 400 employees, will bring total Lexus production capacity to 104,000 units, up 30,000 from the plant's pre-expansion output. Production expansion is targeted to begin in the first quarter of 2014.
The plant has been building the RX 350 model, but will bring production of the RX 450h hybrid variant to North America. Currently, all RX 450h models are sourced from Toyota's Miyawaka plant in southern Japan.
Between the facilities in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario, TMMC manufactures the Corolla, Matrix, RAV4, RAV4 EV and Lexus RX.
Since the beginning of the year, Toyota has announced more than $700 million in investments in its North American production facilities, including plants in Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and Alabama. The company also started producing Corolla models at its all-new plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi starting in November 2011.