Toyota’s US operation has opened a new flexible engine line at its Kentucky plant.

The flex line, a US$145m previously announced investment, can now produce three different engine types simultaneously on one line, making Kentucky the only Toyota plant in North America with this capability.

This advancement reflects a core goal of the Georgetown facility’s change to increase flexibility to align with a shifting market. The new line will supply 2.4-litre turbo and 2.5-litre engines for hybrid Toyota and Lexus products with the ability to increase hybrid volume as needed to meet customer demand.

In addition to providing engines for vehicles assembled on site, Kentucky’s powertrain plant supplies engines to six of the automaker’s seven vehicle assembly plants across North America.

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