A year after the C-HR first made its debut at the 2015 L.A. auto show, Toyota’s new crossover has finally gone into production at their Sakarya plant in Turkey.
With the C-HR, Toyota’s Sakarya plant is now producing Turkey’s first hybrid model alongside the Corolla and Verso.
At the line-off ceremony at the factory, Dr Van Zyl, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) President and CEO, said “the Toyota C-HR is a hugely important product for the whole of Toyota, not just for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey. The crossover segment is growing fast. This car is Toyota’s very strong entry to this segment.”
Sitting on top of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) is either a turbocharged 114hp 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 120hp petrol-electric powertrain. Some markets will even get an additional 142hp 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with a CVT automatic transmission.
In preparation for the new crossover’s release, Toyota’s Sakarya plant increased production from 150,000 vehicles per year to 280,000. Currently, around 80% of vehicles produce in this plant are exported to Europe, but they plan to expand that very short list to include the USA, Canada, Taiwan, Mauritius and South Africa.
For those of you worried about build quality, Dr Van Zyl assures us that “TMMT has been one of our best plants globally for many years when it comes to build quality, and I am very confident our members there will exceed our North American customers’ expectations.”