A year ago, Toyota announced it would invest C$1.4 billion ($1.1 billion) to build gasoline and hybrid versions of the RAV4 crossover at its plant in Cambridge, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Toronto. It’s pivoted from that plan somewhat, deciding to instead build the gas-electric RAV4s in Georgetown, Kentucky.
That shift is opening up room in Cambridge for Toyota to build SUVs that, to this point, have only been built in Japan, the people familiar with the company’s plans said. The Ontario factory was built in 1988 and employs more than 8,000, according to the company’s website.
The official announcement is expected later today with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Cambridge plant has been building the RX 350 since 2003, and has been manufacturing the RX 450h since 2014.