Zaventem, Belgium – Toyota Motor Europe has opened its own proving ground today at its technical centre in Belgium. The project took two and a half years to complete and represents an investment of €47 million.
The proving ground will play an important role as part of Toyota’s long-term vision for its European vehicle department to become a global development centre for the small and compact vehicle segments. The proving ground and its accompanying facilities cover a total of 65,000 square metres.
“The European automotive market is one of the most competitive in the world and our Technical Centre is already a key facility in Toyota’s global R&D organization,” said Didier Leroy, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe. “Thanks to our new proving ground, we will make use of our unique positioning and our facilities as a laboratory for new innovations in a faster and more efficient way, so that we can develop the right car for our European customers, right here in the heart of Europe.”
The facility includes a 1.4-kilometre oval test track, 90-metre-diameter skid pad, harshness road, noise road and a lane for brake tests.