Toyota celebrated May 29 the 10th millionth vehicle built at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) plant, a white Camry Hybrid.
In a ceremony at the plant, the “first” Camry that came off the line in 1988 sat next to the 10-millionth vehicle. Speaking to a crowd that included team members, community supporters and government dignitaries, plant President Wil James noted: “Obviously, these two vehicles are worlds apart in many ways, but, at the same time, identical in others – particularly when it comes to craftsmanship and the care and love that went into their production.”
Kaneyoshi Kusunoki, TMMK’s first president, had similar remarks at the “first-car ceremony” in May, 1988.
“This car is a symbol of our most important company principle – team work. For this reason, I have declared that our first car shall be preserved forever in Kentucky for our team members. It is to remind us not only of what we have accomplished today, but, more importantly, what we can achieve in the future through team work,” said Kusunoki.
Toyota explained the 10-millionth vehicle will have a different fate. While TMMK’s first Camry was preserved for historical purposes, one lucky TMMK team member will get the chance to win the 10 millionth vehicle – a white hybrid Camry – via a blind drawing, which will take place later this summer.
In addition to the Camry, the Kentucky plant currently produces the Avalon and Venza. Toyota said in 2015, the plant will become the first in the U.S. to make a Lexus vehicle – the ES350.
Past TMMK-built models have included the Sienna minivan and the Solara.
Toyota stated since its inception, it has invested $5.9 billion in the Georgetown plant – its largest in North America.