July 24, 2012 / 2:04 PM / 6 years ago

Toyota to expand Lexus production in Canada

(Reuters) - Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp said Tuesday it will invest more than $100 million to expand Lexus production in Canada.

A name plate on a Lexus HS 250h Hybrid is seen at the Chicago Auto Show in this February 10, 2010, file photo. REUTERS/John Gress/Files

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada will hire an additional 400 workers at its Cambridge, Ontario, plant, which builds the Lexus RX utility vehicle.

Toyota will have the capacity to build 104,000 RX models by early 2014.

The RX, which is offered in both gasoline and hybrid versions, is one of the most popular luxury crossover vehicles sold in North America.

U.S. sales in the first half rose 10.5 percent to 44,017.

The Cambridge plant current has the capacity to build 74,000 RX models a year.

As part of the expansion, the Cambridge facility will begin building the Lexus RX 450h hybrid. The plant will be able to produce 15,000 RX hybrids a year.

Reporting By Paul Lienert; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick and Maureen Bavdek

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