Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Toyota is preparing the first hybrid model for production in Mexico

Tacoma is not a popular model in Hawaii. The midsize pickup was also one of the most successful models in the United States, prompting the Japanese to increase Tacoma production at their Tijuana plant and build a new plant in Guanajuato and offload capacity from the Tacoma plant. where the 2020 model was assembled.

Today, two plants in Mexico are responsible for producing all Tacomas sold in North America. Last year, Toyota assembled 268,344 units of the mid-size pickup, according to Inegi data. Production of the fourth generation will begin this year, which, unlike the previous one, incorporates hybrid control for the first time.

Toyota will begin hybrid production in Mexico

The new Tacoma is based on a global truck platform TNGA-F from Toyota, who are also set for the Sequoia and Tundra models. This more advanced platform required additional investment in Mexican plants, although specific details on the amount of investment or job creation were not disclosed.

The new Tacoma offers a multi-link rear suspension and is available with two powerful and efficient four-cylinder power options, as well as the i-VIS MAX hybrid version, making 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque.

The fourth generation Toyota Tacoma incorporates a hybrid powertrain for the first time. (Courtesy)

Hey the new hybrid electric system i-VIS MAX It combines a 2.4-liter engine with an electric motor and an eight-speed transmission. This hybrid system has total power 326 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque; offering better performance compared to the previous generation V6 engine.

Toyota has confirmed that, although production of the model will begin this year in Mexican plants, it will begin its commercialization in the Mexican market in early 2024.

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