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TMC starts production of four-cylinder engines at TMMAL

ABR Staff Writer Published 30 September 2011

Toyota Motor (TMC) has started production of the four-cylinder engines at its engine-production subsidiary Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, (TMMAL), to meet the expected market demand.

The addition of four-cylinder engines to the lineup at TMMAL represents new investment of $172m and about 300 new jobs when combined with the company's another subsidiary, Bodine Aluminum, which produces the engines' cylinder heads and blocks.

The 2.5-liter and 2.7-liter four-cylinder engines produced at TMMAL will be installed in the new 2012 Camry, Highlander, Sienna and Venza vehicles.

The company said that the total annual engine capacity of four-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines at TMMAL is now more than 500,000.

TMC EVP and representative director, Atsushi Niimi said TMMAL's team members' focus on quality, safety and outstanding commitment to continuous improvement and team work is second-to-none.

"Engines now produced in Huntsville will go into eight Toyota models assembled in North America, furthering our commitment to localizing production," Niimi said.

"And by adding four-cylinder engines to TMMAL's mix, we will be better prepared to react to changes in market demand."