Your next Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is now made in America
Previously assembled in Japan, production has kicked off at Toyota's Kentucky-based facility.
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
is not the Japanese automaker's most popular hybrid model any longer. That honor goes to the
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
, which saw sales climb by 92.3% last year. And now, it's made in the USA.
said on Wednesday that 2020 RAV4 Hybrid production has kicked off at its Kentucky-based manufacturing facility. Toyota has built the
at this facility for the past 18 years. Previously, the compact SUV came from Japan or Canada. In addition, the plant also builds a few other electrified models such as the
Lexus ES 300h
US RAV4 Hybrid production comes as Toyota plans to expand the
lineup even further with the addition of the 2021 RAV4 Prime. Like the
, the designation marks a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and the SUV will sport 302 horsepower. In fact, the RAV4 plug-in will be the second quickest, accelerating Toyota in the automaker's lineup to just behind the Supra.
This decade, we'll only see electrification take a stronger hold on automakers' product portfolios. At Toyota, the company plans to offer an electrified option for every model it sells come 2025. The RAV4 is just the tip of the iceberg.
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