Indiana Goes Green and Global with the 2014 Highlander
Our own Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) is proud to start production on the stylish and fuel-efficient 2014 Highlander. What makes this production so unique? Well in addition to producing the gas version, TMMI will now also produce a hybrid version of the Highlander for the first time.
TMMI team members and folks in the surrounding area have much to celebrate, as the popular midsize SUV is responsible for a $430 million additional investment and more than 600 jobs at the Princeton automotive plant.
These new Highlanders are also going global, as these vehicles will find new homes with drivers in Russia and Australia, further helping to capitalize on the improving North American and global auto market. Plus, in addition to the new jobs created at TMMI, this project increases opportunities and jobs for our overall North American supply base.
“The all-new Highlander is a dynamic, stylish SUV and its quality craftsmanship and the fact that it will be exported to the Russian and Australian markets is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team members,” TMMI President Norm Bafunno said. “This really is a milestone for our entire team,”
Representing a $4.2 billion investment, TMMI currently employs about 4,500. By the end of 2014,Toyota will directly employ 4,700 team members. The Princeton plant also produces the Sequoia full-size SUV and Sienna minivan.