Toyota gets on with export program despite shadow over Australian car industry.
Toyota Australia is celebrating a key milestone in its local vehicle manufacturing operations with the one millionth locally produced Toyota heading off to the Middle-East.
Toyota’s Australian built vehicle exports started in 1996 and now about 70% of all new Toyota’s built here are exported to the Middle East, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands.
The one million vehicle milestone is a testament to the quality of vehicles built at Altona according to Toyota Australia Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dave Buttner.
“Toyota Australia is really proud to be able to supply vehicles to the Middle East for the past 17 years,
“We could not have achieved one million exports to the region without the support of the local dealers and customers who have continued to buy our vehicles.
“Exports play a vital part in our balanced business model and we will do everything we can to continue to support our export customers.”
Last year, Toyota Australia exported 72,899 Camry and Aurion vehicles. Of these approximately 97 per cent of vehicles were sent to the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.