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On eve of design changes, Camry sales heating up

By Rachel Smith Georgetown News-Graphic

The Toyota Camry flew off the proverbial shelves in May, selling at an average rate of about one per minute.

And as a result, Scott County's largest employer got even larger.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, has added about 300 people to its full time workforce this year, and that number should continue to climb.

"We're still set to grow by another 750 jobs as we get closer to the start of production of the Lexus ES, which is still targeted for fall of 2015," plant spokesperson Ashley Chatham said.

This development has been spurred on by the overwhelming success of the Toyota Camry so far this year.

The Camry sold at an average rate of about one per minute, the automaker announced recently.

Its May sales of 49,584 units created a gap of almost 10,000 units between it and its next competitor, the Honda Accord.

Sales in that month helped Toyota retain its top spot in the industry, bringing huge payouts to the Georgetown region and setting the company up for the upcoming release of its 2015 models.

"Later this year, we have the launch of the 2015 Camry to look forward to, which will mark the most extensive mid-cycle change in our company's history," Chatham said.

The new Camry will feature several changes from its predecessor.

These vehicles are set to include an upgraded interior and exterior, new optional safety systems, and a revised in-car technology interface.

It is also set to include an optional wireless charging station, a feature which gained popularity with the Avalon and with Lexus models.

Lexus also saw huge gains, as it more than doubled the average growth rate industry-wide.

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