Arlington Toyota in Jacksonville, Florida participates in celebrating commemorating 25 millionth North American-built vehicle
Online PR News – 01-November-2012 – Jacksonville, FL – JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Arlington Toyota in Jacksonville, Florida is celebrating a milestone moment with Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA). TEMA recently produced its 25 millionth unit in North America.
A ceremony was held in Georgetown, Kentucky where government officials including Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear attended. Also attending was TEMA Executive Vice President Steve St. Angelo who said, “Toyota’s 25 millionth vehicle signifies the tireless work of thousands of Toyota team members and hundreds of supplier partners in North America giving their best every day. We continue to evolve as a company, thanks to their commitment to build the best vehicles in the market.”
Toyota has been producing vehicles in North America since 1986. The total investment thus far has amounted to about $24 billion, and the job creation totals 365,000 jobs.
Also on the same day as the ceremony, TEMA began production of the Toyota Avalon premium mid-size sedan, which was designed and engineered in North America. The new Avalon adds to Toyota’s fuel-efficient lineup with a hybrid version achieving an EPA-estimated 40 mpg.
The newly-designed 2013 Avalon has a sleeker look to attract younger drivers. “It was time to alter the present course and revitalize Avalon’s rather conservative image to something more vibrant and youthful,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota’s U.S. design studio in Newport Beach, California. The car got a “leaner”exterior and new grille because “we really needed a bold departure from the current path,” he said.
The V-6 Avalon and new hybrid version will go on sale in early December. Deliveries of the Avalon should reach 70,000 in 2013, the most since 2007 and more than double the 28,925 sold in 2011.
There are currently 12 vehicle models produced in North America including the Avalon and Camry. Seventy-percent of those vehicles are sold in the region in which they are produced.