Toyota Motor Europe completes construction of new Zaventem Proving Ground

July 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Europe , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota TME Zaventem Proving Ground – Click above for high-res images When we went by the European headquarters of Toyota in Zaventem, Belgium, to check out the Lexus CT 200h then still under development, the Japanese automaker was in the middle of a vast expansion plan. A year later and after two years of construction, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has completed its new test facility, and released details of all that it encompasses. The new Zaventem Proving Ground includes a 0.8-mile banked oval, a 300-foot skidpad plus test roads to evaluate and fine-tune everything from ride comfort to brake performance. All in all, the proving ground alone takes up 700,000 square and cost some $67 million to construct. The facility will allow Toyota to conduct much of its own R&D on-site at Zaventem, instead of booking time at the massive test track owned by Ford in Lommel or a similar complex. Follow the jump for the full press release and scope out the aerial shots of the new facility in the high-res image gallery. Continue reading Toyota Motor Europe completes construction of new Zaventem Proving Ground Toyota Motor Europe completes construction of new Zaventem Proving Ground originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 08:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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