Toyota is preparing for the expectation that fuel prices will continue to climb in the next several years and demand for smaller engines will increase. To that end, the company’s Huntsville, Alabama engine plant will add a new line to build four-cylinder engines. The 2.5-liter and 2.7-liter engines will be used in the Camry and RAV4. The new engine line will go alongside a line that builds V6 and V8 engines for the Tundra and Tacoma pickups.
When we spoke to new Toyota North America president Yoshi Inaba recently, he indicated that the parent company wanted to give the various regions around the world more autonomy. This would help to reduce dependency on currency and economic fluctuations. The extra four-cylinder capacity in North America will reduce the need for imported engines. Aluminum castings for the new engines will come from Toyota-owned Bodine Castings in St. Louis, Missouri. The plant will have capacity for 216,000 engines a year from mid-2011.
Toyota to ramp up 4-cylinder engine production in Alabama originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Mon, 24 Aug 2009 09:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.