Did you know that many of your favorite Toyota models were not only built in the United States, they were designed here, too?

CALTY, a mash-up of California and Toyota, has been operating in the Golden State since 1973. It began as a tiny operation in El Segundo.

"There were about six designers and 25 people total in support," said Doris Kusumoto, Calty Financial Manager. "Meanwhile, we would hear that domestic studios had 300 modelers and 100 designers. The manpower available meant Calty designers had to know more about the package and the architecture of the cars since we only had a couple of studio engineers. Early on, there was an underdog feeling at Calty which helped make working there feel like a team effort."

Yet after the success of the California-designed 1978 Toyota Celica, Calty grew.

Today, there are three Calty campuses, which take ideas, and turn them into concepts, and eventually into production cars. The Toyota Sienna, Avalon, and Tacoma were all designed at a Calty studio.

Visit DCH Toyota of Oxnard to learn more, and browse new vehicles for sale.

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