Toyota Starts New Engine Production at Poland Plant


Frankfurt, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> started Tuesday the production of a new 2.0-liter gasoline engine at a plant in southwestern Poland.

The engine manufactured at the plant in Jelcz-Laskowice will be used for the RAV4 compact SUV assembled in Europe and also for a hybrid version of the Corolla sedan, according to Toyota Motor Europe.

The company is also planning to start the production of a 1.5-liter gasoline engine at the same Polish factory in spring 2020.

At its plant in Walbrzych, also in Poland, Toyota kicked off the production of a continuously variable transmission system in November 2018 and will begin manufacturing a new CVT system in 2021. The two CVT systems will be introduced in combination in hybrid vehicles.

The proportion of hybrid vehicles in Toyota's total vehicle sales in Europe reached 52 pct in the first half of 2019, on the back of a heightened awareness for environmental issues among European people.

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