Toyota has started production of the 2018 Camry at its Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) plant in Georgetown. The eighth generation of the well-known nameplate was first unveiled at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

According to the carmaker, the new Camry is the first vehicle in North America designed and manufactured with the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). It claims the platform, which also underpins the latest Prius and C-HR, offers improved performance, better fuel economy, enhanced handling and a more comfortable ride.

A striking new design gives the new Camry a sleeker look that makes it instantly recognizable from afar, while on the inside, the driver-focused cabin features plenty of premium and soft-touch materials. The forward-looking approach is still accompanied by plenty of NVH countermeasures to ensure an even more comfortable ride inside.

“The launch of the next-generation Camry is important for Toyota in America, and expands the company’s footprint in and commitment to Kentucky. We are proud to be the first in North America to produce a vehicle with TNGA. It’s a testament to the skill and dedication of our team members,” said Wil James, president of TMMK.

To facilitate production of the sedan, TMMK increased its workforce by more than 700 people, bringing the number of team numbers to a record 8,000. Toyota also invest US$1.33 billion at TMMK for TNGA improvements and other makeovers that will modernize and streamline the production process. Since it began operations, TMMK (the largest Toyota plant in the world) has produced more than 11 million vehicles in its 31 years, eight million of which are Camrys.

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