Toyota planned a news conference today at its Kentucky auto plant, amid reports that the company plans to begin building a gasoline-electric...
GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Toyota planned a news conference today at its Kentucky auto plant, amid reports that the company plans to begin building a gasoline-electric hybrid version of the Camry here.
Citing unnamed company executives, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Toyota planned to shift production of its hybrids to North America but planned only to discuss the Camry model today.
In Tokyo, Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco said today that shifting hybrid production entirely to North America is not “anywhere in the cards.”
Georgetown plant spokesman Rick Hesterberg declined to comment on the reports. The Georgetown plant — Toyota’s largest U.S. facility and opened in 1987 — now assembles the Camry, Avalon and Solara models.
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Besides the Camry hybrid, the company also is considering the possibility of producing the Prius hybrid or a hybrid version of the small Corolla sedan in North America, the newspaper reported.