We’ve written extensively about the Toyota Venza and its capabilities on this blog. Today we’re going to look at where the Venza is made. This seems to be a straightforward question, but this car consists of many components (engine, transmission, tires, etc.) made in different parts of the world. Let’s start with a quick answer:
Toyota Venza manufactured between 2015 – 2020 were assembled at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. The second generation is assembled in Toyota City, Aichi, or Guangzhou, China. The engines are mainly manufactured at the Kamigo Plant, Japan; Guangqi, China; and Huntsville, Alabama. The transmissions are primarily made in Buffalo, West Virginia, or the Kamigo Plant in Japan.
However, that certainly doesn’t answer the question entirely. Below, we’ll first dive into detail about the assembly location. After, that we’ll give you the complete rundown of where the engines are made, and we’ll do the same for all transmissions used in this vehicle. Finally, we’ll talk about how to identify which tires you have and where they are manufactured precisely. Read on!
Assembly Locations Per Generation
The first generation of the Toyota Venza, manufactured between 2015 – 2020, was manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, in Georgetown, Kentucky. The second generation, manufactured from 2020 onwards, is assembled at the Takaoka Plant in Toyota City, Aichi, or the GAC Toyota Plant in Guangzhou, China.
Now, let’s talk about the engines that have been, and are still being used, for the Venza. Of course, you also want to know where these are manufactured. That’s because assembly usually takes place at a completely different location than the manufacturing of the actual engine. Let’s start with the engines for the first generation.
The first generation has a 2.7 L 1AR-FE I4 (AGV10/15) and a 3.5 L 2GR-FE V6 (GGV10/15) engine. Toyota made the 2.7L 1AR-FE Inline-4 at the Kamigo Plant in Japan. Also, the engine was made by Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Huntsville, Alabama, from mid-2011 onwards. GAC Toyota in Guangqi, China, also produced these engines from November 2011 onwards.
Likely, the 3.5L 2GR-FE V6 (first generation) and 2.5 L A25A-FXS I4 / AXUH85-hybrid (second generation) are either built at The Kamigo Plant and/or Shimoyama Plant in Japan. Unfortunately, Toyota does not provide much information about this.
For the transmissions, Toyota has kept things incredibly simple for both generations. The first generation of the Toyota Venza has a 6-speed U660e automatic. This transmission is most likely made in Buffalo, West Virginia, where Toyota has a dedicated transmission plant.
It’s unclear where the eCVT transmission is built that’s used in the second generation of the Venza. However, this one is likely manufactured at the Kamigo Plant and/or Shimoyama Plant in Japan. This is very likely since there’s no indication that the Buffalo plant in West Virginia can make these transmissions, leaving out the only transmission plant from Toyota in the United States.
Unfortunately, Toyota has no information available about what brand of tires come stock on the Venza. Therefore, it’s impossible to give information about this. However, there is a way to figure this out yourself.
Suppose you want to know exactly where the tires of your Toyota Venza are made, then you can look up the DOT code on the side of your tires. This code is not that large, so you’ll have to take a moment to find it. It’s an extended code of letters and numbers that starts with the letters ‘DOT’. DOT stands for Department Of Transportation.
After the DOT letters, you’ll find a combination of three letters, numbers, or a mix. You can search on the internet for the specific three number/letter combination you have to find the exact manufacturer and location where the tires are made. For example, ‘1M3’. In this case, 1M3 indicates Michelin makes the tire in Greenville, South Carolina.
Is The Toyota Venza American-Made?
The first generation of the Toyota Venza, made from 2015 – 2020, was largely American-made with assembly happening in Georgetown, Kentucky, engines coming from Toyota in Huntsville, Alabama, and the 6-speed U660E coming from Buffalo, West Virginia. The second generation is predominantly Japanese, with assembly happening there and the engine and transmission mainly coming from the Kamigo Plant in Japan.
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