Toyota Motor Europe will invest around €150 million ($165 million) in its Jelcz-Laskowice and Walbrzych plants, in Poland, to produce two new petrol engines and a hybrid transaxle.
Part of the brand’s manufacturing operations in Poland that count over €950 million ($1.043 billion) since operations started in 2002, the first petrol engine, a 1.5-liter, will begin assembly in February 2017, at Toyota Motor Industries Poland (TMIP), and will equip the Yaris, followed by a 2.0-liter unit, two years later.
A hybrid transaxle, which will be used on the 1.8-liter ZR engine that powers all Auris and Auris Touring Sports Hybrid cars sold in Europe, as well as on the C-HR, will begin production in 2018. The hybrid transaxle for the Auris is currently produced in Japan and imported to Europe.
“We are committed to further strengthen our presence in Poland“, said the TMMP President, Kazunori Masuoka. “It was therefore important for us to diversify our output and develop our petrol engine manufacturing skills, which will help secure our future.”