Timeline


 

A look at Toyota’s 25 years in Kentucky

1985– December Toyota Motor Corporation announces Kentucky as the location for its first wholly owned US automobile manufacturing facility.

1986– May Ground is broken marking start of construction for plant.

1987– November Power Train plant is announced.

1988– May First car ceremony (1989 model Camry-second generation)
July Volume production begins.
August Power Train construction begins.
October Axle production begins.

1989– November 4-cylinder engine production begins.

1990– October Power Train plant produces 100,000th engine.
June TMMK receives J.D. Power Gold Plant Award

1991– June Construction begins for manufacturing expansion plant.
June TMMK receives J.D. Power Silver Plant Award
July 4-cylinder engine machining begins.
September Start of third generation Camry production

1992– January Toyota announces Power Train expansion for V6 engines.
June TMMK receives J.D. Power Bronze Plant Award
July Toyota announces die-making operations.

1993– February On-site child care center opens
June TMMK receives J.D. Power Gold Plant Award.
October One millionth Camry produced.

1994– March Start of production in manufacturing expansion plant.
June TMMK receives J.D. Power Gold Plant Award
August Start of V6 engine production.
September Start of first generation Avalon production.

1995– January TMMK produces 100,000th Camry for export.
March TMMK’s Power Train Plant produces one-millionth engine.

1996– April TMMK announces “on-site” college-class program.
Mid-year V6 engine machining begins.
September TMMK produces two-millionth vehicle.
September Start of fourth generation Camry production

1997– April TMMK produces two-millionth Camry
June TMMK receives J.D. Power Bronze Plant Award
August Start of Sienna minivan production
December Camry #1 selling car in U.S. for 1997

1998– December TMMK produces three-millionth vehicle
December Camry #1 selling car in U.S. for 1998. (2nd year in a row)

1999– September Start of second generation Avalon production
December Camry #1 selling car in U.S. for 1999. (3rd year in a row)

2000– June TMMK receives J.D. Power Gold Plant Award
September Power Train produces three-millionth engine
November Power Train produces one-millionth V6 engine.
December TMMK produces three-millionth Camry
December Camry #1 selling car in U.S. for 2000. (4th year in a row)

2001– February TMMK produces four-millionth vehicle.
June TMMK receives J.D. Power Silver Plant Award
July Start of fifth generation Camry production.

2002– July TMMK produces Toyota’s 10-millionth North American vehicle.
December Build-out of Sienna minivan-Rotated to TMMI.
December Camry regains title of #1 selling car in the U.S.

2003– July Start of second generation Solara production.
December TMMK produces four-millionth Camry
December Camry #1 selling car in the U.S. for 2003. (2nd year in a row)

2004– February Start of Solara convertible production.
December Start of third generation Avalon production.
December Camry #1 selling car in the U.S. for 2004. (3rd year in a row)

2005– May TMMK announces production of Camry hybrid in 2006.
June TMMK produces its six-millionth vehicle.
December Camry #1 selling car in the U.S. for 2005 (4th year in a row) (8 of 9).

2006– February Start of sixth generation Camry production.
June TMMK receives J.D. Power Silver Plant Award
September TMMK builds 5-millionth Camry.
October TMMK builds first Camry Hybrid
November Camry is named the 2007 Motor Trend Car of the year
December Camry #1 selling car in the U.S. for 2006 (5th year in a row) (9 of 10)

2007– April TMMK builds seven-millionth vehicle.
December Camry #1 selling car in the U.S for 2007 (6th year in a row) (10 of 11)

2008– November TMMK builds 100,000th Camry Hybrid
November Start of First Generation Venza production
December Camry #1 selling car in the U.S. for 2008 (7th year in a row) (11 of 12)

2009– June TMMK receives J.D. Power Bronze Plant Award
June Camry named “Most American Car” by Cars.com
August TMMK builds eight-millionth vehicle
December TMMK produces six-millionth Camry
December Camry #1 selling car in the U.S. for 2009 (8th year in a row)

2010– June Camry named “Most American Car” by Cars.com (2nd year in a row)
August TMMK builds eight-millionth engine
December Camry #1 selling car in the U.S. for 2010 (9th years in a row) (13 of 14)

2011–May TMMK celebrates 25th Anniversary
June Camry named “Most American Car” by Cars.com (3rd year in a row)
August Start of Seventh-Generation Camry Production (August 21st)