Madrid [ENA] Newly relocated Toyota Parts Centre España starts delivering parts. - Toyota Motor Europe today announced the official start of operations at the newly relocated Toyota Parts Centre España (TPCES), situated in Illescas, some 40 kilometres south of the Spanish capital Madrid.
The new 19,600 m² facility houses around 290,000 different parts serving 166 Toyota and Lexus dealerships in Spain. The service coverage for TPCES in Spain has now increased to 75% including the newly added Catalonia region. TPCES forms part of 14 Toyota Parts Logistics Centres in Europe tasked with supplying parts for all 12.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles currently in operation on European roads regardless of the age or origin of the vehicle.
Built around Toyota’s lean concept, TPCES will now set the new standard for Toyota’s regional parts depots in Europe. TPCES ensures that over 96% of parts are available for delivery when ordered. The relocation project officially kicked off in March, 2011 when Toyota Motor Europe President and CEO Didier Leroy laid the first foundation stone of the main warehouse building. TPCES represents a total investment of EUR 26.7 million for Toyota in Europe.
TOYOTA Racing will write a new chapter in the history of hybrid motorsport next week when it takes part in the 80th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours on the La Sarthe circuit in France. Using a ground-breaking hybrid powertrain, the TOYOTA HYBRID System - Racing (THS-R), which was developed specifically for motorsport by TOYOTA, the team’s TS030 HYBRID cars will compete in the elite LMP1 class.
For 2012, TOYOTA will return to endurance racing and the FIA World Endurance Championship as a full- time entrant with a hybrid LMP1 car, the TS030 HYBRID. The chassis has been designed and built by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG), where the race team is based. TMG is the former home of TOYOTA's World Rally and Formula 1 works teams, and was responsible for design and operation of TOYOTA's TS020 (GT- One) Le Mans car in 1998-99.
TMG now combines works motorsport participation with a new direction as a high-performance engineering services provider to third party companies, as well as the TOYOTA family. TOYOTA first competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 1983, marking the start of a long period of participation in endurance racing which included several editions of the Le Mans 24 Hours.