Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky has added its most popular SUV to its production lineup, starting in January, with its first 2020 RAV4 Hybrid rolling off the assembly line.
The plant also makes the company’s most popular sedan, the Camry, as well as the Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, Lexus ES350, Lexus ES350 Hybrid and four cylinder and V-6 engines.
In 2019, the RAV4 Hybrid had its best sales year to date, up 92.3 percent, which helped it become the best-selling SUV in a calendar year, according to a release from the Georgetown, Kentucky plant. With the addition of the RAV4 Hybrid to its manufacturing mix, TMMK now produces four electrified vehicles.
“We are excited to see the past nine months of preparation come to life with the completion of our first Kentucky-built 2020 RAV4 Hybrid,” said TMMK President Susan Elkington. “This milestone would not have been possible without the hard work of our dedicated team members and our recent investments. We are proud to offer an alternative powertrain for each of the products we currently build and couldn’t be happier to add the popular RAV4 Hybrid to that list.”
By 2025, Toyota’s global goal is to offer an electrified option — hybrid, plug-in, fuel cell or battery — on all Toyota and Lexus models. Currently, Toyota sells more alternative powertrain vehicles than the rest of the industry combined, with sales reaching around 13 percent volume in the U.S.
TMMK is Toyota’s largest plant in the world with more than 9 million square feet of floor space, more than 8,000 full-time team members and represents a $7 billion investment.