The first units of the Toyota Camry 2018 left the production line of the factory of Georgetown, Kentucky this Wednesday. The new mid-size sedan will go on sale later this summer.
To prepare for the grand launch, the manufacturer invested $ 1.33 billion in preparation to receive the vehicle at the plant and adapt the platform Toyota New Global Architecture. The Camry is the first Toyota produced in the United States to use the new platform and production technology.
Toyota recently added 700 new employees to support the launch of the new vehicle. Since arriving 31 years ago, the Kentucky plant has produced more than 8 million Camry and more than 11 million vehicles in its entirety. It is currently the largest Toyota plant in the world and from there builds the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Lexus ES 350 .
The Toyota Camry 2018, which is entering its eighth generation, features an updated exterior design and more powerful engines. Toyota has also reduced the center of gravity of the sedan, equipped it with materials that better absorb sound, and made the body stiffer for a better handling experience. A new eight-speed automatic transmission is found on regular models, while hybrid models feature a CVT.
The Camry was Toyota’s second best-selling model in the United States during the first five months of the year, just behind the RAV4. As of May this year, a total of 147,434 units were sold, representing a 12 percent drop compared to the same period a year earlier.