Toyota currently assembles roughly 400,000 4-cylinder engines in Kentucky. And while that might seem like quite a few at a glance, it's actually not enough to satisfy the demand that drivers in the greater Silver Spring area and beyond have for fuel-efficient new Toyota models. That's why the Japanese automaker is preparing to make a substantial investment in Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in the near future.
Specifically, Toyota is planning to increase the production capacity of 4-cylinder engines at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky by more than 100,000 within the next year. To do this, the company will need to invest nearly $30 million into the plant and hire roughly 80 new employees. In other words, it speaks volumes to the dedication that Toyota has to creating investing in the American economy.
"By investing in this plant, Toyota is making a positive statement about the economic strength of our region," confirms Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler. "This expansion will create new jobs and put more Kentuckians back to work. I've always been proud that Toyota chooses to call Central Kentucky home to its largest plant in North America, and today is no exception."1
And it's not only Kentucky or even just the United States that's benefitting from this move either. Specifically, the additional 4-cylinder engines that result from this massive investment will be used not only in the Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid, which are built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, but also for the Toyota RAV4, which is built Woodstock, Ontario in Canada.
In the end, though, the ones who benefit the most from this kind of investment are the customers are our new Toyota dealership, as they'll have a greater variety of vehicles to choose from.