By on April 27, 2019

2018 Lexus NX 300h front quarter

Toyota dropped a big hint this week that new product might be on its way to the Great White North, saying an announcement will be made Monday that “will serve to further reaffirm Toyota’s commitment to manufacturing in Canada.”

The automaker operates three assembly plants in southwest Ontario, with the Cambridge North facility tapped for next week’s big news. Bloomberg seems eager to kill the suspense, however, with plugged-in sources telling the publication that two Lexus crossovers stand to join the company’s Canuck assembly scene.

If confirmed, it’s good news for a country facing a doomed General Motors plant and a dropped shift at Fiat Chrysler’s Windsor minivan plant.

Those sources claim Cambridge, home to two of Toyota’s plants, will add production of both the Lexus NX compact crossover and the three-row variant of the RX starting in 2022.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) has long hinted that new products could be on the horizon, underlining the suggestion with a $1.4 billion plant upgrade announced early last year. Last month, Toyota kicked off RAV4 production at Cambridge North, replacing long-running Corolla production that moved stateside. The company’s Woodstock plant also builds RAV4s, while the Cambridge South plant cranks out Lexus RX 350 and RX 450H models.

2018 Lexus RX 350L AWD profile

A production U-turn freed up space in Cambridge for new product. While Toyota originally planned to assemble all North American RAV4 hybrid models at that facility, the automaker recently shifted production of RAV4 hybrids bound for U.S. sale to its Kentucky facility. Cambridge will continue building RAV4 hybrids for Canadian customers and a narrow slice of the U.S. market.

With capacity freed up, it seems Toyota wants bring NX production to America’s doorstep. It’s expected that the next-generation NX will appear next year, possibly as a late-arriving 2020 model. The lengthened RX also hails from Japan.

TMMC built 497,354 vehicles in Canada last year, with roughly half of the RAV4s sold in the U.S. originating north of the border.

[Images: Chris Tonn/TTAC]

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21 Comments on “Toyota to Add Production of Two Lexus Models in Canada, Report Claims...”


  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    RAAH! ANGRY SNORT!! GRRR!!!

    LOOK AT ME!! I’M ANGRY! I”M REALLY STRONG!!! RAAH! BOOGY BOOGY BOO!!!!

    Said the creased, bulging, folded, angry-faux aggressive looking, origami/terrible interpretation of post- modern automotive design thing….

    Toyota’s is either the first or among the first mainstream, volume automakers to have had its designers full batsh!t crazy hittin’ that crack pipe really hard (with all execs apparently signing off, including Akio himself), it’s gotten to point of laughable parody, and this look especially does not work for Lexus.

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      Hi, DeadWeight, how ya been?

    • 0 avatar
      ToddAtlasF1

      This must explain why Toyota isn’t in the process of culling its workforce in preparation for the day our overlords take away our freedom of movement.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Man, you are on a roll today…

        If they want my car they’ll have to pry it from my cold dead leadfoot

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        “… the day our overlords take away our freedom of movement.”

        New Green Deal, anyone?

        Remember we now have less than 12 years before life as we know it comes to an end.

        If you believe the loony lefty lefty libby fruitcakes like AOC.

        Hi-speed rail to Hawaii?

        • 0 avatar

          AOC at least is prettier than Lexus, when she keeps her mouth shut.

        • 0 avatar
          bd2

          Yes, b/c the “loony left” institutions like the Pentagon and CIA haven’t been preparing for the effects of climate change (identified as a threat in the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review).

          Or for that matter, insurance and re-insurance companies, developers (along coastal areas), farmers and Florida politicians (who have quietly spent hundreds of millions on flood preventive infrastructure projects for Miami) – all known to be “loony liberals.”

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            bd2, they are just learning not to build on the water’s edge.

            The Biblical Great Flood wasn’t brought on by climate change.

            Climate change is real and an on-going thing that has been going on for more than 4.5 BILLION years!

            Nothing new here except the alarmist irrelevant outbursts of the inconsequential loony lefty libbies.

            Chicken Little shrieking “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

            If it happens, it is cyclical, not man-caused.

          • 0 avatar
            bd2

            @hdc

            Some people still deny that climate change exists, but while the scope of human impact is debatable, there’s little doubt that humans have played a role (just by looking at the amount of carbon having been released).

            And the pace of warming oceans is even worse than what scientists have anticipated, and there hasn’t been any natural phenomena to explain that.

            As for the “Biblical Great Flood” (which basically ripped it off from the Epic of Gilgamesh), it is inconsistent w/ geological and paleontological findings, just as history evidence points to the ancient Jews in Egypt having been mercenaries rather than slaves who built the Pyramids.

            Furthermore, it was Republican administrations which came up w/ and implemented “Cap & Trade” (Reagan, followed by Bush Sr.), but now it’s seen by conservatives as “crazy talk.”

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            “Some people still deny that climate change exists”

            Chalk that up to lack of education. Better educated individuals understand that climate change has been going on since the formation of our planet.

            “the Epic of Gilgamesh” I read Zechariah Sitchin’s translation in Genesis Revisited.

    • 0 avatar
      ravenuer

      I’m leasing an RX350 and yes, I’m glad I can’t see the grille from the drivers seat.

  • avatar
    Rengaw

    With these recent Toyota and Lexus models looking like something out of comic books, I think it is safe to say that the “form follows function” mantra is dead at that company. Reminds me of the ‘60s when cars grew fins or more recently when pickup trucks decided they needed grills that resembled Peterbilts.
    I guess I show my age in preferring what VW’s look like, but I do have appreciation for the more stylish Mazda’s. I just can’t buy a car that appears ugly to me no matter how much I love the rest of the vehicle.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      “… looking like something out of comic books…”

      Yeah, but they all are beginning to look like that. It’s a sign of modern styling ingenuity. Or maybe Marvel Comics’ influence on vehicle styling.

      Went to breakfast this morning with an old friend in his new 2019 Silverado 1500 RST. Have you seen how garish that truck looks these days?

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    This is one of the ugliest vehicles produced by a mass volume automaker in the last 20 years, without any question.

    The side profile is about as heinous as anything, any any angel that begs for me to pull out a sawzall and do MAJOR SCULPTING SURGERY BY CARVING OFF BULBOUS, EXTRANEOUS PLASTIC AND WART-LIKE TAIL LIGHT AND HEAD LAMP ASSEMBLAGES, AND IMMEDIATELY CUTTING OFF ABOUT 14″ OF WHAT IS ITS FUGLY PROBOSCIS NOSE.

    This design is the result of Toyota designers collectively having their tastebuds lining their A$$HOLES AND SPHINCTERS.

  • avatar
    Rengaw

    Has anyone seen the mouth on the new Toyota Avalon? Whyyyyyyyyyy?
    Is that specific design intended to scare off small children and give them nightmares?

  • avatar
    Rengaw

    Has anyone seen the mouth on the new Toyota Avalon? Whyyyyyyyyyy?
    Is that specific design intended to scare off small children and give them nightmares?

  • avatar
    Rengaw

    Worth saying twice.

    • 0 avatar
      Michael S6

      The Avalon is actually a very good car but Toyota made it extra ugly to force you to spend an extra $10 k to buy the much less ugly grill of the Lexus ES350.


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