Toyota To Build Next-gen RAV4 in Ontario, Other Cars To Follow?

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
toyota to build next gen rav4 in ontario other cars to follow

Toyota will build the next generation RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid on its new global platform in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada near the Lexus RX in 2019, the automaker announced Tuesday.

The plant, which recently lost production of the Corolla to Mexico, would receive a significant upgrade to the Toyota New Global Architecture line that could be used to produce other cars in the future. In a statement announcing the RAV4’s production, Toyota executives touted the Cambridge and Woodstock plants as the “North American hub for sport utility vehicles.”

Toyota unveiled this year its C-HR compact crossover concept that would be built on TNGA architecture, and would likely come to North America as a Scion-branded crossover. Toyota hasn’t announced where the C-HR would be built.

In addition to the C-HR, Toyota is likely to produce the Highlander on TNGA architecture. In addition to the Highlander, Automotive News has speculated that the Camry, Corolla and Yaris would likely move to the platform in the near future. The automaker also uses the platform for its next-generation Prius.

A spokeswoman for Toyota wouldn’t comment on whether Cambridge or Woodstock would produce future models beyond the next-generation RAV4.

“One of the beauties of TNGA is that it gives us a lot more flexibility in our manufacturing line so that we can easily adapt to build other kinds of vehicles,” said Suzanne Baal, a spokeswoman for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada.

So you’re telling me there’s a chance.

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  • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Nov 10, 2015

    The Canadian Dollar (CAD) was as high as $1.05 to the U.S. Dollar as recently as 2013, but is now down an incredible 30% (roughly) in a relatively brief 24 month period, and is now around 0.75 to the USD. If Canada has ANY HOPE of reviving & sustaining a decent chunk of its manufacturing sector, which is needed more than ever when commodity prices are low, look for the CAD to fall to as low as 0.58 CAD to the USD, a figure not last seen since 30 years ago.

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    • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Nov 12, 2015

      @ect Heed my words: Manufacturing & production, especially of high demand, technically difficult to produce goods, having proprietary worth (e.g. optics, semiconductors, advanced vehicles, advanced materials, etc.) is the true mark of a wealthy nation, and always will be. The service sector economy can only thrive when the that manufacturing & production economy is healthy. The nations that manufacture and produce such goods/things as mentioned, and manufacture them better them most or all other nations, will thrive and be wealthy. The nations that don't, regardless of the size of their service sectors, won't. In 100 years, these goods may be androids/humanoids or flux capacitors or cold fusion reactors or self-picking crops. Finite.

  • 86er 86er on Nov 10, 2015

    Hey, yeah, we are due for a turnaround based partly on the exchange rate, aren't we?

  • Pricha33 Pricha33 on Nov 10, 2015

    Don't worry I have faith that our inept Premier with the ever increasing Hydro rates will be able to make up the exchange advantage and drive all large manufacturers out of Ontario.

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    • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Nov 10, 2015

      @mikey Ford is asking the UAW to vote to allow them to move production of ALL Ford cars (i.e. non-SUVs, non-CUVs, non-pickup trucks) outside of the U.S. It was in today's Crain's Detroit. 'Murica.

  • Reicher Reicher on Nov 10, 2015

    I've known this may happen for a while. Helps when you work for a preferred manufacturer for their trim parts I guess. We are still making Carolla parts for the new Carolla refresh though....not sure if all its manufacturing is completely leaving Canada.