Toyota Industries Corporation of Japan has opened GD (Global Diesel) engine plant in Bangalore. The company has the GD engine plant in Japan and Thailand, now India gets one.
The plant has been opened in partnership with Kirloskar Systems Ltd. with a total joint investment of Rs. 1,100 crore for the GD engine facility.
This plant is the first from Toyota and will manufacture the GD engines which are the new high-performance 1GD-FTV 2.8-litre and 2GD-FTV - 2.4-litre engines. Currently, these two engines are used in the Innova Crysta.
The 2.4-litre engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and the 2.8-litre comes with the 6-speed automatic gearbox. Toyota says that the new 2GD-FTV - 2.4-litre engine is 47 percent more powerful and fuel efficient by 13 percent. As for the 1GD-FTV 2.8-litre, it is more powerful by 71 percent and increased fuel efficiency by 7 percent.
Vikram S Kirloskar, vice chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Director, Toyota Industries Engine India, said: "Today is indeed a proud day for all of us at Toyota Industries Engine India, as we unveil our first ever diesel engine plant here in Bangalore. The introduction of the GD series engines not only equips superior technology but also meet the new fuel efficiency policies mandate in the country. We realise diesel engine technology will remain an integral part of every automaker with strict fuel efficiency norms being implemented in India, therefore this engine project will strengthen our diesel business in the country marking Toyota's first diesel manufacturing plant in India."
He further added, "We hope to grow together with the local community and ramp up the process of manufacturing cars in India with readily available diesel engines made from our new Bangalore plant," he further added.
The new plant is expected to churn out 1,08,000 units per year and manufactured engines will be compliant with BS4 / Euro 4 emission standards. The engines can be upgraded to BS5 / Euro 5 and 6 with a minor investment.