Our Always A Better Way philosophy is an expression that continuous improvement is possible, in fact it’s an essential part of any successful organisation. That’s why we’ve developed the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). TNGA is an extension of the famous Toyota Production System, which is widely studied and admired for its efficiency. TNGA will help us build cars using standardised platforms, powertrains and major components, to make cars that require fewer resources to build, give a safer and more enjoyable drive, and have even greater fuel-efficiency.
A platform is the basic core around which the rest of a car is built. Globally, Toyota currently uses more than 100 uniquely modified platforms and sub-platforms, and 800 powertrains, including engines modified to fit those different platforms. But, with TNGA, just five layouts will be needed for the whole range, from compact sports cars to SUVs. The size and position of other key components will be standardised, too.