与此同时，丰田还在剑桥的另一个工厂建造了雷克萨斯RX 350和RX 450h两条生产线。
丰田最初计划将卡罗拉生产转移到墨西哥。然而，在美国总统唐纳德特朗普威胁要对运往美国的车辆征收“边境税”之后，丰田汽车公司于2018年1月表示，将在位于亨茨维尔的一家新的丰田 – 马自达合资工厂建造一座重新设计的卡罗拉，预计在2021年开放。
Toyota investing $1.4B in Ontario manufacturing plants
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne were in Cambridge, Ont., at a Toyota plant for the announcement of a $1.4-billion a shot in the arm for Ontario’s auto manufacturing sector.
Trudeau said the governments of Canada and Ontario are each kicking in $110 million.
Toyota said the money will be invested in its Cambridge North plant and its West plant in Woodstock, Ont to give it flexibility in its vehicle manufacturing. The company will also invest $200 million in Canadian research and development over ten years.
The Woodstock, Ont., plant builds Toyota’s RAV4.
The Cambridge plant is slated to focus on building the RAV4 after production of the Corolla, which is currently built there, eventually moves to a facility in Alabama. Toyota says more than 4 million Corollas have been built in Cambridge.
Trudeau said the investment will help secure 8,000 existing jobs and the addition of 450 new jobs. He said the funding will also help keep Canada’s auto sector competitive.
Wynne said the move by Toyota makes Cambridge and Woodstock the hub for RAV4 production and gives “a vote of confidence” in the workforce at the facilities.
Toyota also builds the Lexus RX 350 and the RX 450h at another facility in Cambridge.
With another round of NAFTA talks slated to begin next week, the auto sector has been a major point of the negotiations, with heavy focus on the issue of North American content.
Toyota originally planned to move Corolla production to Mexico. However, following a threat by U.S. President Donald Trump to slap on a “border tax” on vehicles shipped into the U.S., Toyota said in Jan. 2018 that it would build a redesigned Corolla at a new Toyota-Mazda joint venture plant in Huntsville, Ala., that is slated to open in 2021.