Toyota today officially inaugurated its new diesel engine plant in Poland. Toyota Motor Industries Poland (TMIP) began the production of a new 2.2-litre diesel engine - to be used in the Toyota Avensis and Corolla Verso models - in March of this year.

The annual production capacity of TMIP will be a targeted 180,000 units, encompassing the 177 DIN hp and 150 DIN hp versions of the new four-cylinder diesel engine.

TMIP's current staff of 670 employees will increase to approximately 900 employees in 2006, while total investment in the plant amounts to €200 million.

Toyota's other Polish plant - Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) - began production of manual transmissions in April 2002.

In January 2005, TMMP started production of a new gasoline engine and manual transmission - used in the small passenger cars made jointly by Toyota and PSA Peugeot Citroën. Annual production capacity for the 1.0-litre engine and manual transmission will be a targeted 250,000 units and 300,000 units respectively - bringing TMMP's eventual total transmission production capacity to 550,000 units.

Total employment at TMMP will reach approximately 1,800 employees by the end of 2005 - while total investment amounts to €400 million.

The Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile Czech (TPCA) plant in Kolin, Czech Republic, is a joint venture between Toyota and PSA Peugeot Citroën. TPCA has an annual production capacity of 300,000 small passenger cars, of which 100,000 are Toyota AYGOs with the remainder allocated to the Peugeot and Citroën brands.