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Hybrid demand drives transformation of Toyota in Poland

Polish plant inaugurates its 2nd production line for the 1.5L TNGA engine
20/12/2021
Since 2018, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) has transformed into an electrified mobility plant, switching from traditional to hybrid transmission parts and electric motors on six production lines. This transformation is driven by Toyota’s commitment to carbon neutrality and increasing demand for affordable electrified vehicles.

Sixth production line for EH drives in three years

Toyota started localising production of electrified mobility drives in 2018, lining off the 1.8L e-CVT transaxle for the 4th generation hybrid powertrain at TMMP’s Wałbrzych site.

Three years on, with a strong focus on the future of electrified mobility, Toyota continued to invest in the European production of electrification powertrain components, as well as the latest generation of engines built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).

Today, the company has three production lines each for TNGA hybrid engines and hybrid transaxles in Poland, which translates to a hybrid capacity increase of 76%. TMMP production line-up has also expanded to the motor generators which are an integral part of the hybrid electric transmission. Employment at TMMP is now 3,300 on two production sites in Walbrzych and Jecz-Lazkowice.
“We have continued to refine our hybrid technology and offer it in an ever-wider range of vehicles at accessible prices. As a result, Toyota leads in CO2 reductions, and Toyota customers have been able to start their carbon reduction journey without delay.”

Marvin Cooke, Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor Europe

Toyota’s commitment to carbon neutrality

Towards the goal of zero-emission mobility, Toyota is preparing a full line-up of battery electric vehicles. In Europe, the company aims to be ready to reduce tailpipe emissions of its new car sales by 100% by 2035, provided the charging or refuelling infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles is available and customer demand follows.

In the meantime, hybrid vehicles can reduce CO2 emissions significantly, and indeed, hybrid sales have been very strong for Toyota and Lexus across Europe – enabling Toyota Motor Europe to increase its market share whilst posting industry-leading fleet CO2 reduction.

In the last three years, while TMMP advanced its transformation, Toyota’s hybrid electric sales achieved remarkable growth - the hybrid mix increased from 30% to 60% in total European sales, and reached 70% in the Western Europe.
“We are proud to have made such a significant contribution to the wider adoption of electrified mobility in Poland and Europe – thereby reducing CO2 emissions. But we will not stop there. We will further localise production of hybrid components by adding a second motor-generator to our product line-up next year. We will also continue modernizing our production lines to prepare for the next-generation hybrid.”

Marvin Cooke, Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor Europe

Toyota New Global Architecture

Toyota New Global Architecture is the global architecture in which all new Toyota models are currently designed.

This platform stands for common principles for the construction of individual chassis types and bodies, as well as drivetrains for various models.

Its characteristic feature is a lower center of gravity and a stiffer car body, which translates into a high level of passive safety and greater driving comfort.

From the production side, TNGA means designing automated production lines, and thus higher efficiency, a modular structure of the line enabling the production of various types of components or drives on one production line, as well as better work ergonomics and lower environmental impact.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP)

TMMP has two plants located in Lower Silesia. The factory in Wałbrzych produces hybrid electric transmissions for low-emission hybrid cars with a 1.8-liter engine, 1-liter gasoline engines as well as manual and semi-automatic transmissions. Its current annual production capacity is 525,000 hybrid electric transmissions, 413,000 engines and 633,000 transmissions.

The plant in Jelcz-Laskowice produces 1.5 L and 2.0 L TNGA gasoline engines, and its production capacity is 312 thousand engines per year. TMMP factories supply assembly plants of Toyota cars and the PSA Group and Lotus companies, operated by European companies in the Czech Republic, Great Britain, France, Turkey and Russia, and outside Europe: in South Africa and Japan.