Toyota RAV4 Specs & Manufacturing Process Overview

Toyota RAV4 Specs & Manufacturing Process Overview


– [Narrator] What’s new with RAV4? In short, everything. Toyota’s fifth-generation small SUV boasts a bold exterior
and interior design, a meticulously assembled
engine under the hood, and a long list of safety,
convenience and comfort features that help solidify its
no-compromise mentality. And because so much has changed with the fifth-generation RAV4, many of the manufacturing processes that go into making RAV4
are also new as a result. And naturally, like all Toyota models, a lot of hard work and dedication
goes into building RAV4. So let’s take a few minutes
to explore how quality, durability and reliability
are not only manufactured into every aspect of RAV4, but the entire Toyota vehicle lineup right from where they
are assembled and built. In North America, RAV4 is
assembled at three facilities, one in Kentucky and two in Ontario the last of which is
dedicated solely to RAV4. The team in Woodstock,
Ontario prides itself in being responsible for putting hundreds of thousands of RAV4s
on the road each year. So where does it all begin? The manufacturing process
starts with sheets of metal, which are stamped into body panels, like the hood, the roof and liftgate. These three panels are
specifically constructed using high-strength aluminum. Since it’s lighter than traditional steel, this adds to RAV4’s fuel efficiency. The body panels are then welded together to make up RAV4’s Toyota
New Global Architecture or TNGA-based chassis. Within a matter of minutes,
thousands of intricate welds are performed by hundreds of robots. – The body shop is the
birthplace of a car. That’s somebody’s car. And that’s somebody’s independence, it’s somebody’s freedom,
it’s somebody’s everything. And that’s important to that person so we gotta make sure we
do a good job on that car. – [Narrator] Once completed, the underbody is carefully checked by a team member using a
Toyota certified chisel and hammer and ultrasound technology in order to confirm weld integrity. Weld integrity checks are
a global Toyota process to ensure built-in quality
and safety across all models. While this process itself isn’t new, one aspect of it certainly is, team members now wear
an advanced exoskeleton while performing these checks. – The exoskeleton is
something that we introduced at this model change. We have a process that
requires team members to be checking underneath the car for about 20 minutes at a time with their arms over their heads. So what the exoskeleton does is it allows some support for their arms to hold overhead so those muscles that they would normally use
to have to hold up their arms don’t get fatigued. – [Narrator] After this
quality check is performed, RAV4 heads over to the paint shop. For proper paint adhesion, paint shops across Toyota
facilities are tightly regulated to ensure every vehicle has
a vibrant exterior color. Once that’s done, the RAV4
emblem is placed on the body, while RAV4 Hybrid also
gets its unique badging applied to the front fenders and liftgate. Now it’s time to get
started on the interior. But to do that, all four
doors must first be removed in order to put together
the cabin efficiently. Like all Toyota models,
safety is a key aspect found throughout RAV4, and
that includes its interior. So to that end, each RAV4
features eight airbags throughout its cabin. After that, the headliner, which is stitched
robotically, slides right in, along with the front and rear seats. And for the fifth generation, the dash assembly is now hand-stitched, requiring hours of training
for each team member to master. – With the RAV4, the one
word that pops into my mind, especially with the
stitching, is just pride. I know when I get in a vehicle that’s the first thing I look at, especially since it’s kind
of right in front of you every time you’re in that vehicle. So for me, the biggest thing is pride knowing that I stitched these or some of my colleagues stitched these. And you know they’re
going in every vehicle, every RAV4 and it’s gonna be something that the general public
sees every single day. – [Narrator] Next up,
RAV4’s glass gets installed, which includes the
windshield and rear window and, if equipped, the available
power tilt/slide moonroof. RAV4’s available digital rearview mirror, a first for Toyota’s U.S.
lineup, is also installed here. Now, let’s get back to those doors. Having already been painted, they now head over to the door line, where components like
the speakers, wiring, interior door panels, and
side windows are installed. Needless to say, each door assembly is
dependent upon RAV4’s grade as interior trim, speaker
count and more can vary. Lastly, the doors are then
reattached to the body, making it whole once again. So now that RAV4’s exterior
and interior are complete, it’s time to assemble and install its beating heart, the engine. RAV4’s engine is assembled
at two of Toyota’s facilities right here in America, located
in Huntsville, Alabama, and Buffalo, West Virginia, and both are responsible for
producing several engines for Toyota’s U.S. lineup, including the 2.5 liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine inside RAV4. So let’s take a look at
how it comes together. The engine block comes in
and is slowly transformed into a recognizable motor
by skilled team members as it makes its way
down the assembly line. Throughout this entire build process, each engine undergoes a significant number of quality checks, which
is a standard process that occurs across Toyota facilities. – The quality for this
RAV4 engine is exceptional. Every 60 engines which is the equivalent of one hour of production, we stop all the lines for one minute, we do quantitative checks. – Quality is a major focus
at Toyota in general. We check every nook, bolt, stud we put on. We have visual checks throughout and then we have a gate
control at each line to make sure we’re keeping
quality in mind is consistent. – [Narrator] It’s clear
that there’s no shortage of touch points with the engines. And even before they get started, team members across all Toyota facilities are required to safely and successfully complete thousands of build repetitions and must be able to perform
multiple rotational processes in order to be officially
certified to build Toyota engines. This means the human element
during the entire process plays a very important role, which helps ensure each engine
is a high-quality build. Once the engines are done being tested, they’re shipped out to join the chassis. So to finish up, let’s
head back to the factory in Woodstock, Ontario. To install the powertrain, RAV4 goes up on a lift to make
it easier to maneuver under. The front and rear suspension
are put in place first, followed by the engine, which is connected to the transmission. And because RAV4 now has three available all-wheel drive options, in addition to its
standard front-wheel drive, the drivetrain can vary depending on trim, while on the lift, RAV4’s dual
exhaust is installed as well. Once the assembly is
finished, RAV4 is ready for one final quality check
before leaving the factory. RAV4’s final quality check is done under special LED lighting. This bright lighting helps team members spot any imperfections both
on the outside and the inside. A process duplicated at Toyota facilities in North America and abroad. Once it passes this final check, RAV4 is driven off the assembly line with some vehicles even
heading onto the test track, where they undergo noise,
vibration and harshness testing and more driving tests to ensure quality, durability and reliability,
just like all Toyota models. Once everything checks out, RAV4 leaves the factory
to begin its journey to your local Toyota dealership. – People are excited about
this model of the RAV4, they enjoy building it, they
like seeing it on the road, they like talking about it, they like being part of a company that builds such a successful vehicle. – [Narrator] At Toyota Canada, a RAV4 model comes off the
assembly line every 60 seconds and takes 26 hours from steel to rail. This tight production schedule lets Toyota keep supply on par with
RAV4’s serious demand. So now that we’ve gone over what makes the fifth-generation
RAV4 so special, it’s time to get behind the wheel and experience it firsthand. (light upbeat music)

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10 Comments

  1. Dad materials%
    bad plastic
    bad body metall
    bad pipe rubber
    Now Toyota is disposable like all West auto, Toyota not like in 199X years !

  2. I enjoyed it, I own a 2019 Toyota Avalon XSE V6, can you make one for the Avalon please. I will share this with my sister who just purchased a Rav 4 pretty cool.

  3. This is awesome you make the best vehicles on the planet what a great Way for Toyota to do gives back to the planet way to go Toyota my family and I Well always be one of your best customers👍🏻👨🏻‍🦳👍🏻

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