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Toyota consolidates R&D functions in US

Michigan facility expanded in $154m project

Toyota is moving hundreds of employees from other U.S. operations to its research hub in Michigan. (Courtesy of Toyota Motor North America)

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor has expanded its research and development center in the U.S. state of Michigan as part of a drive to unify operations in North America, the Japanese automaker said Friday.

The total cost of the project is $154 million. About 250 employees involved in procurement in Kentucky and some 85 vehicle and powertrain development staff in California will transfer to the new facility. The Michigan complex will house about 90% of the R&D personnel of Toyota's North American unit. The consolidation process began in 2014.

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