The 2018 Toyota Camry will be the first vehicle to be produced in the United States with the use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). And June 28 marks the day of the 2018 luxury sedan’s production at Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky facility, where it has always been produced since the late 1980s.
The Japanese company has spent over $1 billion in the past few months so that the Kentucky facility could accommodate the Toyota New Global Architecture. Over 700 employees have been added, so that number now totals to about 8,000 employees - the most they’ve ever had in that facility.
With that huge of a facility, it’s not just the Camrys that will be built there, but also the Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Lexus ES350. In the past, thousands of Sienna, Solara, and Venza crossovers were also built there. Since it first began producing cars 31 years ago, the facility has delivered over 8 million Camrys, and more than 11 million vehicles all in all.
A Powertrain production team member, Chad Lindon, said that “The 2018 Camry takes it to another level”. He adds that the upgraded best-selling sedan “catches the eye.” It has more horsepower, better fuel economy, and new technology that customers want. That all adds up to more job security and stability for the family.
Team members at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky are calling it the most exciting vehicle they’ve see. We’re agreeing that it is true for Toyota at least.
Some of the exciting new changes the 2018 Camry will include dramatic visual cues, a more comfortable cabin, and a lot more technological features that let it veer from its boring old self. Toyota also lowered the sedan’s center of gravity, introduced new sound-absorbing materials, and made the body more rigid for an improved driving experience.
During its first five months in the U.S., the Camry became the company’s second best-selling model, just behind the RAV4. It recorded a total of 147,434 units sold through May, down 12 percent from the same time period last year.
The eight-generation Camry will have a starting price of $23,495 (excluding destination) and should be in dealerships this summer. That already comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that can produce 201 horsepower (149 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet of torque, paired with an eight-speed transmission on the gasoline model. It can return 28 miles per gallon city, 39 mph highway, and 32 mph overall. Customers can opt for one with a 3.5 liter V6 that churns out 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. A hybrid version that features a CVT will also be available.