Toyota opens its own proving ground at the TME Technical Centre in Zaventem

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 8, 2011

It took two and a half years to complete but Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has finally inaugurated its own proving ground at the TME Technical Centre in Zaventem, Belgium.

The Zaventem Proving Ground will help strengthen the company’s vehicle research and development in Europe, playing a vital role in its strategy for developing new models for compact car segments in the region.

The expansion represents an investment of €47 million (£42 million) and it demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to Europe.

The proving ground covers an area of 65,000m² of the total 187,000m² in the TME Centre. The company has 770 employees at the technical centre itself, and 430 of those are in research and development.

To date, the company has invested €167 million (£149 million) in the Zaventem facility, and the amount includes the latest investment of €47 million (£42 million) for the purchase and construction of the new proving ground.

TME CEO and President Didier Leroy stated that the automotive market in Europe is one of the most competitive in the world and the technical center is a key facility for the company’s international R&D function.

With the proving ground, the company can ensure its unique position. Its facilities will serve as a laboratory for innovations in a method that’s more efficient and quicker so that the company can create the right vehicle for its European customers “in the heart of Europe.”

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