Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) has inaugurated its second production line for the latest generation of the 1.5L TNGA engine which, together with the electric hybrid transmission also produced at TMMP, powers the Toyota Yaris, the Car of the Year 2021 as well as the Yaris Cross. This is the sixth production line for electric hybrid drives that Toyota has installed in Poland in the last three years.
Toyota started localising production of electrified mobility drives in 2018, lining off the 1.8L e-CVT transaxle for the 4th generation hybrid powertrain at TMMP’s Wałbrzych site. Three years on, with a strong focus on the future of electrified mobility, Toyota continued to invest in the European production of electrification powertrain components, as well as the latest generation of engines built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).
The company has three production lines each for TNGA hybrid engines and hybrid transaxles in Poland, which translates to a hybrid capacity increase of 76%. TMMP production line-up has also expanded to the motor generators which are an integral part of the hybrid electric transmission.
Employment at TMMP is now 3,300 on two production sites in Walbrzych and Jecz-Lazkowice, Lower Silesia, near the German and Czech borders.
This transformation is driven by two factors: Toyota’s commitment to carbon neutrality and increasing customer demand for affordable carbon-reducing hybrid vehicles. Towards the goal of zero-emission mobility, Toyota is preparing a full line-up of battery electric vehicles. In Europe, the company aims to be ready to reduce tailpipe emissions of its new car sales by 100% by 2035, provided the charging or refuelling infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles is available and customer demand follows. In the meantime, hybrid vehicles can reduce CO2 emissions significantly, and indeed, hybrid sales have been very strong for Toyota and Lexus across Europe – enabling Toyota Motor Europe to increase its market share whilst posting industry-leading fleet CO2 reduction.