First Toyota Camry Hybrid Built in Kentucky Plant

By: Mark Clarkson

The very first hybrid version of the very popular Toyota Camry has already been built and it has also already rolled off the Toyota Motors Corporation's manufacturing plant which is located in Kentucky. This plant took in the task of creating and producing such a vehicle over a year ago and they have just recently completed the challenge. The Toyota plant in Kentucky is currently the largest factory of the company in area of North America.

Lonnie Miller, one of R. L. Polk & Co.'s industry analysts, interprets such an event by saying, "It just reinforces the fact that hybrids can go into any type of body style, and you can appeal to a broad market by putting it into a body style such as this." R. L. Polk & Co. is actually a firm based in Michigan that works by collecting data from the automotive industry and later on analyzes and interprets them. Of course, with the industry now having another version of the high selling Toyota Camry, the Toyota Sienna parts manufacturer, Toyota, would also certainly be reaping in more sales. And it would also not be surprising if the hybrid version of the Camry would also be taking home a huge share of the hybrid vehicles market in the United States.

Steve St. Angelo is the current president of the Toyota plant in Kentucky. He does say, "To build Toyota's first North American-made hybrid is quite an honor, and is a real tribute to our Kentucky work force." Going back to the history of the company, the head honchos of Toyota had announced that they had chosen the Kentucky plant as the place to build the Toyota Camry hybrid. Aside from this, they have also informed the public that they are targeting to create 48,000 units of the previously mentioned hybrid vehicle per year. After all, the plant does have some 7,000 workers and employees plus its facilities and equipment is quite capable of producing 500,000 vehicles a year.

If you are interested in purchasing this hybrid version of the Toyota Camry, you would have to set aside some $25,900 to own one. This one has been created as a 2007 model year unit.

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