ABC 36 at The North American International Auto Show – Monday
But did you also know it’s famous for the country’s best selling car for 13 years in a row?
The Toyota Manufacturing Plant in Georgetown has produced that best-selling car, the Camry.
Monday marked one of the largest days of the year for the world’s automakers, The North American International Auto Show, in Detroit and the 2015 Toyota Camry was on full display.
The annual auto show in the Motor City is where most car companies make their biggest announcements, woo the crowd with new models and show off a few concept cars.
But the auto show isn’t open to the public, just yet.
For the first and second days of the show, the media gets to take over convention hall in downtown Detroit to report on the latest and greatest from the automakers.
The two media days alone attract over 5,000 journalists from 60 different counties to the Motor City.
Toyota showed off their redesigned 2015 Camry at the show Monday. They say almost everything in the car is brand new.
The 2015 model has seen quite an upgrade since the first Camry rolled off the Central Kentucky line in 1988.
Toyota says it’s possible because of the 9,000 people that work at the plant in Georgetown.
“We take a lot of pride in Kentucky in seeing how Americans love the car, love the safety features, love the drivability of it, and love how it really serves American families,” Toyota’s Vice President of External Affairs Mike Gross says. “I think that is a huge point of pride in the Georgetown, Lexington area."
“Everybody at this site should have a sense of pride in the products that are built, because everybody here has an integral role in making this dynamic work that it works,” says Wil James, president of Toyota’s plant in Georgetown.
Later this year, the Georgetown site will welcome another Toyota brand, Lexus, to the site.
Toyota says the plant plans to begin production on the Lexus ES Sedan this fall and say it won’t only increase jobs at Toyota, but will also effect about 100 other companies in Kentucky.
"It has a big impact on our suppliers,” Gross says. “We have about 100 supplier plants in the state of Kentucky as well [and] its kind of a little known fact. They employ about 10-thousand people and this is also a boom for them.”
ABC 36 News’ coverage of the North American International Auto Show continues on Tuesday.
We’ll begin our coverage around 9 a.m. on Good Day Kentucky.
ABC 36 News’ Paris Lewbel is at the Auto Show tracking new announcements and analysis from automakers and what it means for the Bluegrass.
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The press preview days for the North American International Auto Show officially kick off with the awards. The announcements came Monday morning at Cobo Center in Detroit.
The other finalists for the car award were the Ford Mustang and Hyundai Genesis. The F-150 beat out the Lincoln MKC and Chevrolet Colorado for truck honors.
About 60 automotive journalists vote on winners from the list of finalists.
A vehicle must be all new or substantially changed for eligibility.
This is the 22nd year for the awards. Organizers accept no advertising, though carmakers try to capitalize on the marketing value of the honors.