The Toyota Arizona Proving Ground (TAPG) is to be made available to third-party testers for their vehicle development projects. Badged the Arizona Mobility Test Center (AMTC), the automotive testing facility will be run by Intertek Transportation Technologies, which will provide tenant management services under a multi-year agreement, with Toyota remaining owner of the site as it continues its testing activities at TAPG.
“TAPG has world-class resources for making ever-better vehicles. By opening it up to the whole industry for long-term engagements, we believe it can make an even greater impact on advancing mobility for all,” commented Randy Stephens, group vice president of product performance engineering at Toyota Motor North America Research and Development. “This is also an opportunity to create new value with a capital-intensive asset, opening a revenue stream that can be used for continuous improvements on the facility that will further benefit Toyota and tenants.”
Intertek will oversee daily operations at AMTC and has rich experience in the delivery of services that will be offered at the center, including staffing, scheduling, maintenance, security and overseeing all testing operations at the Arizona hub. It will also market AMTC to attract tenants and manage the leasing business.
“It’s an honor to partner with Toyota to oversee the daily operations of AMTC. The automotive industry is going through a revolutionary change right now, and we look forward to assisting all OEMs and suppliers that are at the forefront of this automotive development by using our expertise in site management and test operations to help get their products to market with precision, pace and passion,” said Gavin Campbell, president of Intertek Transportation Technologies.
As part of facility usage, tenants will be offered an area of land to construct their own offices and garages. Toyota is also building its own new amenities, including expanded off-road test facilities and a noise pass-by evaluation course, which will also be offered to AMTC customers.