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Toyota Awards Suppliers for Sienna Model

Having began production of the new Sienna at the TMMI plant in Pricenton, Indiana in the beginning of the year, the Japanese from Toyota decided this month to recognize the efforts made by some of its suppliers for the new model.

The manufacturer announced yesterday it will award three of the suppliers for the Sienna model, KEIPER, TAC Manufacturing and Tenneco with the company's Excellent Award for Launch Performance.

The awards were handed over at the Toyota's Executive Business Meeting in Covington, where some 500 of Toyota's suppliers go every year to be recognized. The three companies mentioned above have been given the awards for the following parts supplied to Toyota: rear seat assembly lock (KEIPER), shift lever knob (TAC) and exhaust (Tenneco).

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA) collaborates hand in hand with each of its U.S. based suppliers in order to build Toyota’s vehicles with the highest quality, safety and value,” said Atsushi Kume, senior vice president of TEMA.

Today’s supplier winners, have particularly shown their unwavering commitment to Toyota’s business practices and we thank them for their ongoing efforts to assure the successful launch of the Toyota Sienna.”

The Sienna retails in the US starting from $24,260, as it is offered with two DOHC engines, both paired with a 6-speed ECT-i automatic transmission. The units are a 3.5l V6 (266 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, EPA rating 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway) and a 2.7l four-cylinder (187 horsepower at 5,800 rpm, EPA rating 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway).

An all-wheel drive will also be offered, but only on grades LE, XLE and Limited equipped with the V6 engine.
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