Toyota announced a new manufacturing investment for its facilities in Alabama, Missouri, and Tennessee to boost production and machining capacity for V-6 engines. After the investment, the Huntsville, Alabama plant will have an engine capacity of nearly 750,000 units annually. The investment will also affect related aluminum casting plants in Troy, Missouri and Jackson, Tennessee.
This investment adds to the eight other North American manufacturing investments that Toyota has made over the past two years totaling more than $2 billion. All in all, this cumulative investment effort means more than 4,000 new jobs in the region.
Established in 2001, Toyota Alabama is the manufacturer’s only plant globally to produce four-cylinder, V-6, and V-8 engines at one facility. These engines go into eight of the 12 Toyota vehicles assembled in North America, including four-cylinder engines for the Camry, RAV4, Venza, and Highlander, and V-6 and V-8 engines for the Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia.
With other automakers like Ford going towards smaller displacement, turbocharged engines, this investment represents Toyota’s continued commitment to their V-6 engines. Toyota’s ubiquitous 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which is produced in Kentucky, is found in numerous U.S. products, including the Camry, Avalon, Highlander, Venza, and Sienna models, as well as in the Lexus ES 350, IS 350, RX 350, and GS 350. Toyota Alabama produces the 4.0-liter V-6 engine for the FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra trucks and SUVs.