Toyota recently celebrated its 25 millionth vehicle being manufactured in North America at a ceremony at its Georgetown, Kentucky, plant.
The automaker also celebrated the start of production for its all-new 2013 Avalon.
The vehicle that marked the 25 millionth manufactured in North America was the Classic Silver Hybrid Avalon, representing 26 years of production, which is a direct investment of close to $24 billion in North American operations and more than 365,000 jobs created in the United States.
"Toyota's 25 millionth vehicle signifies the tireless work of thousands of Toyota team members, hundreds of North American supplier partners, and great dealers giving their best every day," said Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America. "We continue to evolve as a company thanks to their commitment to build the best vehicles in the market."
In attendance were Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and John Calipari, University of Kentucky men's basketball coach. The Georgetown plant employs more than 6,600 people and builds the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Venza, and manufactures the 4-cylinder and V6 engines.
"This is a pivotal time in Toyota's history," James said to a crowd of team members. "What better way to cap off 26 years of manufacturing excellence than with the all-new Kentucky- built Avalon, a shining example of what our customers have to look forward to in the future."
Toyota is producing 12 models that represent 70 percent of sales in the United States. The Camry is the most popular vehicle among the models produced in the country.
Toyota's profits recently tripled, as the company also raised its full-year earnings forecast even though there was a sales slump in China from natural disasters. With profits increasing, Toyota is on pace to become the world's No. 1 automaker once again this year, reporting a net profit of $3.2 billion.
The increase in sales performances experienced by Toyota might attract more interest from potential car buyers who are undecided on what kind of vehicle they prefer, encouraging them to head to new car dealers to secure auto financing for one of the brand's vehicles.