Building on Greatness: Redesigned Toyota Camry Goes All-Hybrid at Kentucky Plant

9 May 2024

Team members at Toyota's longest-running U.S. vehicle manufacturing facility cheered today as the ninth-generation Camry rolled off the assembly line for the first time. The 2025 Camry is powered exclusively with the fifth-generation Toyota Hybrid System, part of Toyota's multi-pathway approach to electrification.

"Today would not be possible without our incredibly talented team members," said Kerry Creech, president of Toyota Kentucky. "Starting production of the new Camry is another proof point that Toyota is committed to providing secure employment and has been for nearly four decades. We continue to stay true to that promise by reinvesting profits in this plant and preparing our team members for future production opportunities, including a variety of electrified vehicles."

Toyota Kentucky and the popular Camry have become synonymous, with more than 11 million assembled to date and over $10 billion invested in the plant and local communities. This milestone not only speaks to the popularity of the Camry, it's also a testament to the nearly 10,000 team members who build them each day and Toyota's commitment to long-term job stability.

"I feel blessed for the many years I have spent with Toyota and am proud of all the great things we have achieved," said Markee Robinson, production team leader. "While our plant continues to grow and change, I am confident that Toyota will continue to provide job stability and secure employment for decades to come, just as they have for me and my family."

In 1988, the first Kentucky-produced Camry created a buzz, and today, the new generation is still turning heads with a stylish new look, more power, great fuel efficiency, and an even more enjoyable driving experience.

Toyota's most recent $1.3 billion investment in the Georgetown facility further boosts electrification efforts, including the assembly of an all-new, three row battery electric SUV for the U.S. market. The new vehicle supports Toyota's multi-path approach to provide customers options for electrified products that best suit individual needs now and in the future.

Toyota has announced new investments totaling more than $18.6 billion into its U.S. manufacturing operations since 2021 to support electrification efforts.

"Congratulations once again to Toyota. Over the decades, Toyota has never wavered in its commitment to its employees and this community," said Gov. Andy Beshear. "Relying on their continuous improvement mindset, they continue to find ways to renew this plant and provide future opportunity and stability for the nearly 10,000 Kentuckians who work here. They are a first-class employer in this community and state."

Toyota Kentucky has been a hub of the automaker's North American operations since 1986, assembling some of the most beloved nameplates in the Toyota lineup, including the Camry, America's best-selling passenger car for 22 consecutive years.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in North America for more than 65 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our more than 1,800 dealerships.   

Toyota directly employs more than 63,000 people in North America who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 47 million cars and trucks at our 12 manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota's 13th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, Toyota currently offers 28 electrified options.

For more information about Toyota, visit www.ToyotaNewsroom.com.

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