A revamped version of a compact Lexus crossover that is noticed a fair bit of exposure on these digital pages will start assembly in Ontario beginning in early 2022, Toyota Canada has announced.
We knew some sort of item announcement was scheduled to take spot right now right after the automaker’s Canadian arm stopped and shook absolutely everyone in sight final week, eager to signal its committed to preserving a presence in the snowy nation north of Buffalo. The Lexus NX is that item, Toyota says, with Canadian production replacing Japanese output.
For Canucks fearful that their fragile auto market will one particular day disappear, the addition of a new crossover — a car variety seemingly without the need of a sales ceiling — is a reassuring balm.
“It implies that Toyota’s Canadian manufacturing operations are right here to remain,” Toyota Canada Fred Volf said at the automaker’s Cambridge, Ontario facility, as reported by CBC. “It implies that we will continue to be a leader in Canada and globally.”
The Lexus NX item line will join the Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid at the company’s Cambridge North Plant, which has space to spare following the ceasing of Corolla production in February. The 2019 RAV4 line began production there in March. Addition RAV4 output comes from the company’s Woodstock, Ontario plant.
Toyota Canada spokesmen Michael Bouliane and Scott MacKenzie told TTAC that, contrary to some reports, the second-generation NX will seem in 2021, with production of the revamped model kicking off when the Cambridge assembly line comes on-line early the following year. Earlier reports had the model displaying up a year earlier. As effectively, rumors of the lengthened RX 350L coming to Canada have been apparently just that, as each guys claim no information of any additional item announcements in the close to future. Lexus’ RX 350 and RX 450h are constructed at the adjoining Cambridge South plant.
A lot of income created this item addition (as effectively as that of the subsequent-gen RAV4) probable, and not all of it was Toyota’s. Although Toyota announced a $1.four billion investment in its Canadian operations final year, the governments of Canada and Ontario every single ponied up $110 million to sweeten the notion of staying in the country — a prevalent (some would say “expected”) practice in the Fantastic White North.
Will that combo of private and public money generate any new jobs? Toyota didn’t say in the course of the announcement, even though Bouliane stated that employment levels really should stay steady. “I do not see it going up or down pretty much” in the close to future, he mentioned. Toyota Canada employs eight,500 workers at its 3 Ontario assembly plants.
In March, the automaker announced that it would move some production of the RAV4 Hybrid to the U.S., but only in an overflow capacity, and for U.S. prospects only.
As for the NX, the model remains a competent entry in the compact premium crossover segment, but could do with some upgrades — the six-speed automatic transmission, for instance, appears antiquated subsequent to some of the NX’s rivals. Nevertheless, it remains the brand’s second very best-promoting model, with 62,079 units sold in the U.S. final year.
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