14 November 2013

Toyota Completes New Facilities in China

Changshu, China - 14 November 2013 - Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has completed a number of new R&D facilities at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co., Ltd. (TMEC) in the Changshu New and Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. The new facilities will play a key role in Toyota's ongoing efforts to localize production in China. 

TMC executive vice president Mitsuhisa Kato stated: "Our goal is to continue to exceed the expectations of Chinese consumers. This means listening to what they say and making no compromises in creating the best cars possible. I believe TMEC will play a vital role in this regard." TMC Senior Managing Officer and TMEC President Tadashi Yamashina followed: "This is just the beginning. We must now work to execute our goals of localizing production of environmental technologies and making cars that meet the needs of Chinese consumers." 

This marks the completion of TMEC's core facilities, including a vehicle test course, technology testing facilities and the Energy Saving and New Energy Vehicle Technical Center. As a development center for cutting-edge component technologies, TMEC will leverage its new infrastructure to popularize environmental technologies in China.

Through TMEC, Toyota has made steady progress in developing Chinese-made hybrid systems. Toyota also announced the establishment of a new battery production company and local production of key components, such as inverters and transaxles. Plans call for the introduction of locally-built hybrid systems in vehicles produced and sold through joint ventures around 2015.

Source: Toyota