Toyota India has finally officially inaugurated their new engine manufacturing facility in Bangalore. While production started a few months back, the new facility, called as Toyota Industries Engine India was given official recognition in the presence of company officials and ministers. Part of a joint venture between Kirloskar Systems Ltd and Toyota Industries Corporation, Japan, the new facility will be manufacturing the latest Global Diesel (GD) series of mills. This is the third GD plant for Toyota after one each in Japan and Thailand.
Spread over 22 acres, the facility has seen an investment of Rs 1,100 crores. It has a capacity of 1.08 lakh units a year. Production includes 1 GD-FTV 2.8 litre and 2GD-FTV 2.4 litre engines which at present are BS IV and Euro 4 compliant. The new facility also makes sure that these can be upgraded to BS V/BS VI (Euro 5/Euro 6) with minimum investment of time and resources.
The 2.4 litre and 2.8 litre engines utilise a manual transmission and an automatic gearbox respectively for the Innova Crysta. The 2.4-litre 2GD-FTV engine is 47 per cent more powerful and 13 per cent more fuel efficient. And the 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV engine in turn claims to be 71 per cent more powerful with an increase in fuel efficiency by 7 per cent, in comparison to the earlier used 2KD mill.
Toyota, along with other manufacturers has recently been plagued by the ban on registration of diesel cars with an engine displacement greater than 2,000 cc. The Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Mr Anand Geete, said the government will be working on resolving the issue without impacting the environment and also protecting the industry.