Be honest now: What comes to mind when you think of what it must be like working on the assembly line at an automotive plant?
“Oh my God, It must be deadly boring!,” exclaimed my better half when I asked her the question. “Repeating the same gestures over and over!”
I’d wager that’s pretty much the answer you’re going to get 9 times out of 10. It’s what I answered to myself. When the invitation to visit Toyota’s plant in Cambridge, Ontario arrived in the Auto123 mailbox, I jumped on the occasion to head down there and have my preconceived notions confirmed. Nothing like being proven right…
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Toyota has two assembly plants in Canada, both of them in Ontario. Aside from the facility in Cambridge, which was inaugurated in 1986 and for many years produced Corollas, Matrixes and Solaras but is now used to build the Lexus RX 350/450h and RAV4 (both regular and hybrid), a second plant has been in operation in Woodstock since 2005 (it also produces the RAV4, a very popular model indeed in the Great White North).