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Toyota Expands V-6 Engine Production, Plans Turbo 4-Cylinder Engines

10/3/2012
Toyota has announced that it is expanding its Huntsville, Ala., engine assembly plant to build 216,000 additional V-6 engines there, bringing the total to 362,000 engines annually. The expansion will cost $80 million and add 125 jobs to the region.

Separately, Toyota confirmed plans between now and the end of 2015 to launch 21 new hybrid models globally, and is expected to introduce a new direct-injection version of the 2.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine currently installed in the Camry Hybrid. This updated engine will be offered in several of Toyota's hybrid models.

Direct-fuel injection will also become available on standard versions of Toyota's 2.5-liter 4-cylinder power plant, and the company says it will introduce a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine in 2014.

New transmissions are also in development. The new 8-speed automatic introduced in the 2013 Lexus RX 350 will be offered in a broader range of Toyota models, and the company is planning to expand availability of what it calls a "Super CVT-I" continuously variable transmission, which debuted in the Japanese-market 2013 Toyota Corolla.

In an interview with Automotive News, a Toyota product development representative said that the company's goal is to improve fuel economy by as much as 20% by 2015 on those models receiving the new engines and transmissions.

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