• Sep 15, 2006

Toyota's Kentucky plant is about to crank out Camry number five million. Toyota's manufacturing plant in Kentucky has been operating since 1988, and will be starting a new milestone this year when it begins to produce the Camry Hybrid. That's because after 18 years of producing the Camry, the plant will be the first in North America to produce a Toyota hybrid of any kind.

The employees of the Georgetown, Kentucky plant must all carry rabbits' feet in their pockets to have this kind of luck. Not only does their plant produce beaucoup Camrys and now the 2007 Camry Hybrid, but they also manufacture Avalons, Solaras, and engines. All of this activity at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky represents a $5.4 billion investment with an annual payroll of over $500 million. The Camry and its cousins are critical to Toyota's presence in North America, so it's no wonder this milestone is such a big deal to them.

[Source: Toyota]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Steve was funny.

      However, like Richard Warren, I too don't live in a trailer, and don't have a beer belly, but unlike him I like Coke Zero and eat potato chips... occasionally.

      Also unlike him, I own a Toyota and perhaps he can kick my ass on a track, since I drive on a street where speed limits are in effect... well, I'll just have to take his word for it. Oh, and since I drive a Hybrid Camry, I'll see all of you at the pumps.

      Just don't wait up for me. I'll be a while.
      • 8 Years Ago
      my niece is considering a 4 cylinde Camry LE at $21k and we went to check it out,
      the interior is by far best in class adn even better than cars costing twice it's price

      then we went to look at the G6, Fusion, Accord - and man the Camry is like a luxury car compared to those, especially when compared to the G6's interior
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yawwwwwwwn.

      Oh wait, the camry is no longer completely bland - instead of bland looking it's ugly, all while retaining the same incredibly bland driving character.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks Steve,

      I'm more than happy you don't waste your time. Offer still stands, name the time, name the place and as we used to say in the old days. "wanna go?"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Think Toyota does not want fleet?

      Read their own assesment. Any maker not doing fleet is missing a huge part of the market and if you leave, someone else will take your place. As to diuting the value of the product, dobt it, it's been going on forever, rebates forever on the other hand--------- well that's a whole different story.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And surprisingly, I think Toyota didn't need fleet sales to make a claim a noteworthy point. And those anti-Japanese people can rest assured that those Georgetown folks are all going to h3ll for earning a living. Haha
      • 8 Years Ago
      i was laughing my a** off wen i read steves comments.

      "The new camry handles better than most BMWs. Everybody knows this."

      talk about ignorance.
      read my reply to him here:
      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/09/16/spy-shots-bmw-7-series/#c2127063

      steve says:
      "The most well-engineered mainstream car on the market for decades. People love it."

      wot steve does not understand understand is that the camry is in a slightly different market than rivals like altima and accord. Accord and altima are sporty cars, more youth oriented. while camry is for middle aged ppl who by the way hav more money, and hence the higher sales.

      personally i love sporty cars, so i'd rather buy a sporty accord than a refined camry, a 5 sporty 5 series than a GS, a soprty civic than a corolla.

      i suggest steve do this simple test:
      take a corolla go to 100 km per hour and the press the brake as hard as u can. do the same with a civic. and see the difference.
      civic is sporty, corolla is simple and raw. this means it will give les trouble and have cheaper parts. but safety and driving pleasure is compromised.

      far jr, i agree with everything u said specially:
      "People like Steve buy the car because Consumer Reports tells him he should not because he has a passion for driving. If he is extremely passionate about driving and he chose a Camry above all entrants, I would have to say he is the one who is sadly mistaken."

      i love driving, so i have a drivers car; a 2002 bmw 530.
      it has better performance than any 4 door toyota ever made
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Toyota Camry mid-size sedan was first produced in the TMMKI plant in 1988 and has been one of the most popular vehicles in North America and the best-selling car in the US for four years in a row. It is believed that the Toyota Camry had the largest consumer market demands in the US so hitting the five million mark in production is not surprising after all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If the Camry is so unspecial, then why can't GM or Ford build something better?

      The onus is not on Toyota, it is on GM and Ford. But then again, just look at Ford, slashing 45,000 jobs and closing 16 (sixteen!!!) plants.

      Sure, the Camry "sucks". But if it sucks so badly, what does that say about the competition? :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow Steve, was that a paid commercial?

      In my case I don't live in a trailer, I don't have a beer belly, I hate Coke and I don't eat potato chips. I have a mechanical engineering degree and I'll be more than happy to take a BMW and whip your ass on the track or any hairpins anytime. Name the time and place. What the hell, lets be sporting I'll take a 10 year BMW and whip your ass.

      Some folks love their refigerator just like theuy love their other appliance, a Toyota.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So #18 how do you like your Hybrid? Any kinks so far?
      How about sharing a little more with us.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Are sales to car rental companies considered fleet?

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