CHICAGO Toyota Motor
North America Inc. will spend $80 million to more than double
V6 engine production capacity at its Huntsville, Ala.,
When completed in March 2014,
the Huntsville plant will be capable of producing 362,000 V6
engines annually, up from 146,000 currently.
Huntsville, which assembles
4-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines for eight of Toyotas 12
North American-built vehicles, is the only Toyota plant in the
world that makes all three types of engines in one
The investment will increase
total engine production at the Huntsville plant to more than
700,000 annually, boosting Toyotas total annual engine
production in the United States to more than 1.4 million.
The Alabama investment, which
will create 125 jobs, marks the latest in a string of
production expansion announcements by Toyota since February.
The cumulative investment totals $645 million, creating more
than 1,100 jobs in Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and
"This V6 line addition continues
to reflect our growing optimism for an improving North American
market, and we continue to study more localization in North
America," said Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of
Erlanger, Ky.-based Toyota Motor Engineering &
Manufacturing North America Inc.
Toyota said earlier this month
that it plans to invest $30 million to increase annual assembly
capacity of 4-cylinder engines by more than 100,000 at its
plant in Georgetown, Ky., beginning in August 2013.