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Toyota Breaks Ground for New Research Facilities in U.S.

Tokyo, Japan, Sept 11, 2006 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation announced today that it held a groundbreaking ceremony in Yorktown, Michigan, U.S.A., on Friday (local time) to mark the expansion of Toyota Technical Center (TTC), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA). Present at the ceremony were Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, TMC Executive Vice President Kazuo Okamoto, TTC President Yasuhiko Ichihashi and others.

To promote the localization of research and development aimed at strengthening Toyota's product lineup for the North American market, TMC announced in April 2005 that it would expand TTC by establishing a campus in Yorktown in addition to TTC's current campus in Ann Harbor, Michigan.

TTC-Yorktown, expected to be completed in mid-2008, is to feature an engineering design facility and a safety test facility, at an investment of 187 million dollars U.S., with a total of 400 new jobs to be added in scheduled phases by 2010.

Outline of TTC-Yorktown
Name: TTC-Yorktown
Location: Yorktown, Michigan, U.S.A.
Facilities: Engineering design facility (approx.33,000 square meters)
 Safety test facility (approx. 17,000 square meters)
Campus area: Approx. 280 hectares
Investment: 187 million dollars U.S.
Expected opening: Mid-2008

Outline of TTC
Name: Toyota Technical Center
Location: Ann Harbor and Yorktown, Michigan, U.S.A.
President: Yasuhiko Ichihashi
Establishment: June 1977 (date of original establishment as
 Toyota Technical Center, Inc.;
 reestablished as a division of TEMA in April 2006)
Business focus: Product planning, engineering design, evaluation and
 technical research for automobiles
Employees: Approx. 900 (as of August 2006; including 200 already
 added out of the total of 400 to be added in scheduled
 phases by 2010)

Outline of TEMA
Company name: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North
 America, Inc.
Headquarters: Erlanger, Kentucky
President: Seiichi Sudo
Establishment: April 1, 2006
Business focus: R&D and manufacturing support related to automobiles
Employees: Approx. 2,100 (including TTC employees)

* TEMA, which oversees Toyota's R&D and manufacturing operations in North America, was established in April 2006 by consolidating Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc., which oversaw Toyota's manufacturing operations in North America, and Toyota Technical Center, Inc., which oversaw Toyota's R&D operations in North America.

About Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota Motor Corporation (TSE: 7203; NYSE: TM) develops and manufactures vehicles, and is one of the largest car manufacturers in the world, offering a wide range of products from minivehicles to trucks. In addition to its core business, Toyota has a large business portfolio in financial services, including sales finance, vehicle insurance, and credit cards. It is also involved in telecommunications through a subsidiary that provides cellular services in Japan. Other diversified businesses include industrial equipment, prefabricated housing and leisure boats. The company is headquartered in Aichi, Japan. For more information, please visit

Source: Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota Motor Corporation
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