â€™s Huntsville, AL, plant adds output of 4-cyl. engines today, becoming Toyotaâ€™s first factory globally to produce 4-cyl., V-6 and V-8 mills under one roof.
The 4-cyl. engines coming out of Huntsville, which has a 506,000-unit annual capacity â€“ 216,000 dedicated to 4-cyls. â€“ are destined for the â€™12 Camry sedan, Highlander, RAV4 and Venza cross/utility vehicles and Sienna minivan. â€śEngines now produced in Huntsville will go into eightmodels assembled in North America, furthering our commitment to localizing production,â€ť Atsushi Niimi, Toyota executive vice president, says in a statement.
â€śBy adding 4-cyl. engines to the (Huntsville plantâ€™s) mix, â€śWe will be better prepared to react to changes in market demand.â€ť
Toyota doesnâ€™t specify the remaining three models to receive the Huntsville-sourced 4-cyls. but says the plant will not supply engines for its forthcoming Blue Springs, MS, facility, which opens this fall to build the Corolla compact sedan.
With the addition of 4-cyl. engines Toyota will employ nearly 1,000 workers at the Alabama plant. Two years ago, when the auto maker announced plans for the 4-cyl. line, it said 240 jobs would be created as result and that it would invest $147 million.
Toyota pegs its total investment at the Huntsville factory, which began V-8 production in April 2003 and V-6 builds in May 2005, at $637 million.
As a result of the new engines in Hunstville, Bodine Aluminum casting plants in Troy, MO, and Jackson, TN, have invested $25 million and added 60 new jobs.