Toyota has announced a major capital investment across five United States plants in order to start production of a hybrid version of the upcoming Highlander.

The US$ 373.8 million investment will go towards adding new production of hybrid transaxles (hybrid vehicle transmissions) at the Buffalo, West Virginia, manufacturing facility; expanding 2.5-litre engine capacity at the Georgetown, Kentucky, plant; increasing production of 2.5-litre cylinder heads at Bodine Aluminum’s Troy, Missouri, plant; and modifying the Bodine Jackson, Tennessee, plant to accommodate production of hybrid transaxle cases and housings and 2.5-litre engine blocks. The Huntsville, Alabama, plant will undergo a comprehensive upgrade to enable it to build engines that complement TNGA.

“This investment is part of our long-term commitment to build more vehicles and components in the markets in which we sell them,” said Jim Lentz, CEO, Toyota Motor North America. “This strategy is designed to better serve our customers and dealers, and positions our manufacturing operations to fulfill their needs well into the future.”

Toyota remains the world leader in petrol hybrid engines selling more than 10 million globally.

The investment also adds to the US$ 10 billion promised investment in the US by Toyota Motor Corporation CEO Akio Toyoda in January 2017.

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