Toyota starts production of 5th generation hybrid powertrain in Europe


- Toyota’s latest hybrid electric technology will feature in the new Corolla

- New investment totals €77.5 million in Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) to upgrade seven production lines

- 5th generation hybrid technology improves performance and reduces CO2  emissions

Brussels, 19 December 2022 – Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has announced the start of production of its 5th generation hybrid powertrains for the new Corolla. The latest Toyota hybrid electric low-emission powertrains will be made at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) for the new Corollas manufactured at TMUK and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey (TMMT).

The start of production of 5th generation hybrid engines and transmissions follows the upgrade of seven production lines supported by new investments of €77million and €541 thousand (1) at the plants in Poland and the UK respectively.

TMMP produces hybrid electric transmissions including the MG1 and MG2 motors, integral electrical components of hybrid transmission.(2) These products will be combined with the new 1.8 litre gasoline engine produced at TMUK to form the 5th generation hybrid electric powertrain.

This 5th generation Toyota hybrid technology has lighter, more compact and higher-powered electric motors, which increases the electric drive ratio in the hybrid system. As a result of improved engine calibrations, the vehicle has more power, better overall performance and drivability resulting in lower  CO2 emissions for the 1.8 litre version. The total power of hybrid drive system with the 1.8 litre engine is 140hp, reducing the 0-100km/h acceleration time by 1.7 seconds, to 9.2 seconds.(3)  

The new 5th generation hybrid electric powertrain replaces the 4th generation systems previously produced at TMMP and TMUK since 2018 and 2016 respectively. During this time TME has accelerated its investments in hybrid technology, and in the last four years, the overall electrified mix in the total Toyota’s European sales has grown from 30% to 66%.

Toyota’s affordable, low-emission hybrid electrified vehicles have an important role to play in our pan-European multi-technology strategy which seeks to help everyone lower their carbon emissions. Hybrid technology now features in 70% and 85% respectively of the engines and transmissions produced at TMMP and TMUK, which is a reflection of the ever-growing customer demand for Toyota hybrid products

Marvin Cooke, Executive Vice President for Manufacturing, Toyota Motor Europe

(1)               GBP 465,000 and PLN 360 million

(2)               The MG1 is an auxiliary motor, called “generator” which acts as a starter for the gasoline engine, generates electricity to power the MG2 motor and charges battery. The MG2 is the main electric motor that drives the wheels using current generated by the MG1 and the battery. It also recoups part of kinetic energy generated by breaking and deceleration, so the hybrid drive consumes less fuel compared to a conventional drive

(3)               All data is tentative and subject for homologation

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Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) produces Corolla Hatchback and Corolla Touring Sport models at its vehicle manufacturing plant at Burnaston, Derbyshire, and petrol and hybrid engines at its engine manufacturing plant at Deeside, North Wales. In 2021, TMUK 131,024 produced vehicles, 257,395 engines for export and local assembly at plants across the world. To date, Toyota has invested over £2.75 billion into its UK manufacturing operations and currently employs over 3,000 members.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) produces hybrid transmissions and TNGA gasoline engines which are combined with hybrid transmissions. Those products are installed in low-emission Toyota hybrid vehicles manufactured in Europe. TMMP has two manufacturing plants located in Lower Silesia. The plant in Walbrzych produces conventional and hybrid transmissions as well as gasoline engines for both conventional and hybrid powertrains. The plant in Jelcz-Laskowice produces gasoline engines also for both conventional and hybrid powertrains. In 2021, TMMP produced 475,000 transmissions and 438,000 engines to supply to Toyota vehicle plants located in Europe (Czech Republic, Great Britain, France, Turkey) and outside Europe (South Africa).  TMMP employs 3,400 members in total.

Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME) oversees the wholesale sales and marketing of Toyota, GR (Gazoo Racing) and Lexus vehicles and parts and accessories, as well as Toyota’s European manufacturing and engineering operations. Toyota directly employs over 25,000 people and has invested over EUR 11 billion in Europe since 1990. Its eight European manufacturing plants are located in Portugal, the UK, France, Poland, Czech Republic and Turkey. Today, there are approximately 16.5 million Toyota, GR and Lexus vehicles on European roads, whose drivers are supported by a network of 28 National Marketing and Sales Companies and around 2,800 retail sales outlets in 53 countries (EU, UK, EFTA countries + Russia, Israel, Turkey and other Eastern European countries). In 2021, TME sold 1,076,300 vehicles in Europe for a 6.4% market share. For more information, visit Facts & Figures (toyota.eu) and www.toyota-europe.com.

Toyota believes that when people are free to move, anything is possible. In the pursuit of "Mobility for All", Toyota aims to create safer, more connected, inclusive and sustainable mobility to achieve its mission of producing “Happiness for All”. In Europe, TME launched the KINTO mobility brand which offers a range of mobility services in 14 countries, and is growing its business-to-business sales of zero-emission fuel cell products and engineering support. Contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Toyota is working to achieve carbon neutrality in its entire business across Europe. A historic leader in CO2 reduction in Europe, TME aims to achieve 100% CO2 reduction in all new vehicles in Western Europe by 2035 and will continue to offer a full range of electrified powertrains to customers across the region with its hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery and fuel cell electric vehicles. When it comes to sustainability, Toyota is committed to going Beyond Zero.