New Toyota Engine Plant Opens Today in Porto Feliz, São Paulo
Toyota do Brasil opened its new engine plant in Porto Feliz, São Paulo, today; the facility had been announced nearly four years ago, in August 2012. The facility sits on nearly 10 million square feet of land and marks a $170 million investment in the area. The new Toyota engine plant will employ 320 Brazilians and should have a large, positive impact on the area as a whole.
The Porto Feliz engine plant is the first of its kind for Toyota in the region. Toyota projects capacity to reach 108,000 units a year. Engines manufactured at the plant will include 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter NR engines. These bad boys are equipped with Dual VVT-I, four cylinders, and Flex Fuel, and the engines power the Etios model, which is manufactured in Brazil for Latin American and Caribbean customers.
“Toyota remains committed to the growth of the Latin America region. We feel strongly about doing our part to help stimulate the region’s economy. On top of our regional manufacturing operations in Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela this new engine facility is testament to Toyota’s long-term strategy aimed at helping Latin America and the Caribbean emerge as a global economic power in the coming decades,” remarked Steve St. Angelo, Toyota’s CEO for Latin America and the Caribbean and the chairman of Toyota do Brasil.
Reportedly, the Porto Feliz Toyota engine plant is on track to be one of Toyota’s most modern plants globally. Toyota designed it to be highly efficient and wildly competitive in the region, with “clean and sustainable manufacturing processes” as a top priority in the design phase.
St. Angelo concluded, “One of Toyota’s priorities in the region is to develop companies and facilities focused on competitiveness and sustainability. This stems from engaging in long-term planning and analysis before an investment is made. Thus, our operations tend to remain stable even amidst more complex economic conditions. We are convinced that the tree planted in Porto Feliz is ready to bear fruit, now, and well into the future.”