WASHINGTON — Toyota is investing $210 million to develop engine manufacturing in West Virginia and add 100 new jobs.
The Japanese automaker mentioned it could increase capability by 70,000 engines a 12 months on the Buffalo, West Virginia plant, up from the almost 1 million transmissions and engines it produces yearly for autos assembled in North America.
The funding will enhance meeting capability of its four-cylinder engine line. The plant makes four- and six-cylinder engines for Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Lexus ES, Lexus RX350, RAV4 and Sienna.
The funding comes as automakers world wide are shifting extra focus to electric vehicles and away from autos powered by inner combustion engines.
Toyota says hybrid vehicles, which incorporates inner combustion engines, shall be a key a part of its automobile technique within the coming decade as different automakers focus extra closely on battery electrical autos, which solely run on electrical energy.
Toyota mentioned final week that 16% of its U.S. gross sales have been hybrid autos in 2020, a determine that can bounce to a minimum of 20% in 2021.