Toyota To Produce Camry Hybrid In Australia And Thailand

10 June 2008

Toyota announced today that it is to start production of a Camry Hybrid model in Australia and Thailand as part of its on-going efforts to develop the popularity of hybrid vehicles worldwide.

In Australia the new Camry Hybrid will be going into production in 2010 at Toyota Motor Corporation Australia’s Altona factory near Melbourne, with an annual target of 10,000 units. In Thailand the centre for production is Toyota Motor Thailand’s (TMT) Gateway Plant, where the aim is for 9,000 vehicles to be built each year from 2009.

In an Australian Government-sponsored press conference, Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe said: “We decided to build the Camry Hybrid in Australia because Australians are keenly aware of environmental issues, including global warming, and we are confident that the Camry Hybrid will be well received. Toyota intends to make further efforts toward popularising hybrid vehicles.”

The conference was attended by leading members of the Australian Government, including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Speaking in Bangkok today, Mitsuhiro Sonoda, TMT President, said: “Thailand is the first ASEAN country to build hybrid vehicles. As the Camry has received a warm welcome from Thai customers, we are sure they will be satisfied not only with the product, but also with its environmental performance.”

Ever since the introduction in 1997 of the Toyota Prius – the world’s first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle – Toyota has been making a concerted effort to promote and popularise hybrid technology, as part of its high-priority environmental-management policy.

Toyota aims to sell one million or more hybrid vehicles annually as early as possible in the 2010s and, taking market needs into consideration, is working to put in place an optimal hybrid vehicle production system worldwide.

Outline of TMCA

  • Company name: Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd (TMCA)
  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Established: 1959
  • President: Masahide Yasuda
  • Equity participation: Toyota Motor Corporation 100%
  • Plant name: Altona
  • Annual production capacity: 150,000 units
  • Products: Camry, Aurion
  • 2007 production results: 149,000 units
  • Number of employees: 4,500 (as of 31 May 2008)

Outline of TMT

  • Company name: Toyota Motor Thailand Co. Ltd (TMT)
  • Locations: –
  • Samrong Plant – Samutprakarn Province, approx. 15km south of Bangkok
  • Gateway Plant – Chachoengsao Province, approx. 110km southeast of Bangkok
  • Ban Pho Plant – Chachoengsao Province, approx. 65km southeast of Bangkok
  • Established 1962
  • President Mitsuhiro Sonoda
  • Equity participation: Toyota Motor Corporation 86.4%, Siam Cement Public Co. Ltd 10%, others 3.6%,
  • Start of production: Samrong 1964, Gateway 1996, Ban Pho 2007
  • Annual production capacity: Samrong 250,000 units, Gateway 200,000 units, Ban Pho 100,000 units
  • Products: Samrong – Hilux, Fortuner; Gateway – Camry, Corolla, Soluna, Vios, Wish, Yaris; Ban Pho – Hilux.
  • 2007 production results: 502,000 (including CKD production)
  • Number of employees 14,000 (as of 31 May 2008)


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