In a statement Toyota Motor Corp, it is expanding engine production at it West Virginia plant and is investing $210 million to this end; the investment will create 100 new jobs.
Engine production capacity at its Buffalo, West Virginia plant will be boosted by 70,000 engines a year, up from the nearly 1 million transmissions and engines it produces annually for vehicles assembled in North America.
“The investment will increase assembly capacity of its four-cylinder engine line”, said Toyota’s spokesperson.
Currently the plant makes four- and six-cylinder engines for Lexus RX350, Lexus ES, Avalon, Sienna, Camry, Highlander, Corolla, and RAV4.
The investment comes as automakers across the globe are shifting focus to producing electric vehicles, away from gasoline powered internal combustion engines.
Hybrids, which includes internal combustion engines, will be a key part of its vehicle strategy in the coming decade, said Toyota. Last week Toyota had said, during 2020 16% of its U.S. vehicle sales were hybrid vehicles; the figure is likely to jump to at least 20% in 2021.