New Toyota engine rolls off the line

Toyota Alabama starts production of i-FORCE turbo engine

Workers at Toyota Alabama building the i-FORCE 2.4-liter turbo engine.

Toyota Alabama has started production of its i-FORCE 2.4-liter turbo engine for the all-new Tacoma.

The production of the new engine was made possible by an investment of $222 million into the Huntsville plant. The investment was the sixth building expansion, bringing Toyota’s total investment in the engine facility to $1.5 billion since its groundbreaking in 2001.

“The completion of the i-FORCE 2.4-liter turbo engine line marks a significant milestone for Toyota Alabama and further supports job stability for our 2,000 employees,” said Jason Puckett, president of Toyota Alabama. “Now, with Tacoma offering a hybrid option, every line at our plant includes engines for hybrid vehicles. It’s our team and their skills that have paved the way for this plant to play a critical role in Toyota’s efficient and electrified future.”

The plant produces four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines for some of Toyota’s most popular vehicles, such as the Tundra, Sequoia, Corolla, Corolla Cross, Tacoma, Highlander, Sienna and RAV4. Last year, the plant assembled more than 770,000 engines. It has the capacity to produce 900,000 engines annually.

Toyota Alabama produces one-third of all Toyota engines built in the U.S. and is the only North American plant to build the twin-turbo V-6 engine.

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