Toyota Venza Production Heading to Kentucky

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Toyota today announced that Venza, the company's “new, versatile five-passenger vehicle” will be exclusively manufactured by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) and will be only addressed to the North American market. The Japanese manufacturer says TMMK is capable of producing approximately 500,000 engines and vehicles per year but Venza's initial production goal is 70,000 units annually.

"It's always exciting to launch a new product," stated Steve St. Angelo, President of TMMK and senior vice-president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America (TEMA). "For Toyota to select TMMK as the production site is a real tribute to our team members and the experience of working side-by-side with our design and engineering groups has been very valuable."

Venza combines the styling and comfort of a high-quality passenger car with the flexibility of a sport utility vehicle, Toyota said in a press statement, allowing buyers to benefit from a couple of new features than the ones offered by a traditional sedan.

More importantly from Toyota's point of view, Venza can be built on the same assembly line with Camry, Camry Hybrid and Solara Convertible, allowing the Japanese manufacturer to change the production process depending on the market demand.

No less than 30 Kentucky-based suppliers already partnered with Toyota to supply parts, including seats and glass components, for the production of the new model, Toyota representatives said. “Venza's overall domestic content is approximately 70 percent,” they added.

Venza is the 11th model produced by Toyota in the United States, following Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Sienna, Solara, Sequoia, Tacoma and Lexus RX 350. Moreover, 15 manufacturing plants in North America will help Toyota build a total of 2.2 million cars and trucks, 1.49 million engines and 425,000 automatic transmissions.
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