Toyota to bring first hybrid powertrain production to U.S.
Toyota has made a $373.8 million investment in five U.S. manufacturing plants to support production of its first American-made hybrid powertrain and to implement Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA) at its Alabama plant. Each of the projects is scheduled to begin this year, and all should be operational by 2020.
The investments will include adding new production of hybrid transaxles (hybrid vehicle transmissions) at the Buffalo, WV, manufacturing facility; expanding 2.5-L engine capacity at the Georgetown, KY, plant; increasing production of 2.5-L cylinder heads at Bodine Aluminum's Troy, MO, plant; and modifying the Bodine Jackson, TN plant to accommodate production of hybrid transaxle cases and housings and 2.5-L engine blocks. The Huntsville, AL, plant will undergo a comprehensive upgrade that will enable it to build engines that complement TNGA.
"This investment is part of our long-term commitment to build more vehicles and components in the markets in which we sell them," said Jim Lentz, CEO, Toyota Motor North America. "This strategy is designed to better serve our customers and dealers, and positions our manufacturing operations to fulfill their needs well into the future."
The 2.5-L engines manufactured in Kentucky and transaxles made in West Virginia will be used in hybrid vehicles built in North America, such as the Highlander Hybrid manufactured in Princeton, IN.
The total investment of $373.8 million will be distributed as follows:
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing, KY – $120,960,000
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing, WV – $115,300,000
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing, AL – $106,000,000
- Bodine Aluminum Troy, MO – $17,050,000
- Bodine Aluminum Jackson, TN – $14,500,000
Toyota says that these projects, and others previously announced, move the company nearly halfway ($4.1 billion) toward its commitment to invest $10 billion in the U.S. as announced by CEO Akio Toyoda in January 2017.