The North American market will receive 45,600 engines per year, bringing Toyota’s factory production capacity to around 17,000 units per month.
Toyota will export engines manufactured in Porto Feliz (SP) to the North American market, starting in September this year. Initially, 45,600 2.0 engines will be shipped per year, contributing to the strong demand for cars in the region.
With this, the unit will work 24 hours a day on several lines, increasing the number of employees with 150 new direct jobs. This will increase the factory’s production capacity from the current 13,000 units per month to around 17,000.
“We are starting a new and important cycle in the operations of Porto Feliz. By exporting engines to the North American market, we are strengthening our commitment to the continued growth of Toyota, and helping Brazil become a strong base for exports. This new step helps to balance the difficulties of working in Brazil, where we are still fighting for more predictability and better business conditions”, says Rafael Chang, president of Toyota do Brasil.
Previously, the Porto Feliz plant received an investment of R$ 580 million to make its operation more sustainable. Among those measures is to reduce the emission of waste produced, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and CO2 production, as well as increasing the use of rainwater and preserving the natural forest area.
In 2018, there was a new investment of R$ 510 million for the expansion and improvement of equipment, allowing the production of the 2.0L Power Force engine, placed on the TNGA platform. The site also manufactures the 1.5-litre flex and petrol engines that power the Yaris and Etios models.