Erlanger, Kentucky – Toyota will increase production of its Highlander SUV at its plant in Indiana in 2013. Hybrid and export versions will be included, and the project is expected to create approximately 400 new jobs.
The company will invest about US$400 million to support global demand for the Highlander, which will no longer be built in Japan by late 2013. Annual Highlander production volume is expected to increase by approximately 50,000 units at the Indiana plant. Toyota also builds the Highlander in China but for that market only.
The Highlander is currently sold in Russia and Australia, and the U.S. plant will supply them.
The Indiana plant currently employs 4,800 people and builds the Highlander, Sequoia and Sienna.