ANN ARBOR — Toyota Technical Center has named Monte Kaehr as the fifth American chief engineer of the Toyota Camry.
“As chief engineer, my job is to guide and empower my team of engineers to create a better car,” Kaehr said. “We have a strong team of engineers that are always considering how to make the vehicle better. Harnessing these creative ideas and forming them into the new Camry was extremely rewarding”.
Kaehr joined Toyota Motor Corp. in Toyota City, Japan in 1992 as a design engineer in the body design division. In 1998, he transferred to the Toyota Technical Center, where he has progressed through a series of positions in body engineering and product development. In 2009, he moved to the product development office as an executive program manager, where he was a member of the Avalon project team. Most recently, Kaehr was responsible for the North American Camry’s overall design and engineering development.
Kaehr began his automotive engineering career in 1988 at Borg Warner Automotive in the automotive development engineering, responsible for drive-train transmission systems. Kaehr earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.