Toyota has produced its three-millionth car in Australia – a Camry Hybrid rolling from the company’s massive plant in Altona, Victoria.
The first Australian made Toyota, a Tiara, was built in 1963 and since 2004 alone the company has invested more than $1.5 billion in its local operations. Currently Toyota directly employs 4,000 Australian workers.
In its first 29 years Toyota Australia produced one million cars, Toyota number two million came 12 years later but only eight more years were required to top three million.
Toyota Camry celebrates its 25th birthday this year and production of this model alone tops 1.8 million with more than one million sold in export markets, mostly in the Middle East.
“It was here in Australia that Toyota first tasted international success – the first country outside Japan to produce Toyota cars and to build a Toyota engine manufacturing plant,” revealed Toyota Australia sales and marketing chief Matthew Callachor.