On October 3, Toyota Motor Corporation Australia (TMCA), Toyota’s subsidiary for production and sales in the land down under, ceased its local production after 54 years.
Established in 1959, TMCA began assembling the Tiara (Corona) from 1963, which was followed by production and sales of vehicles such as the Camry, Camry Hybrid and the Aurion.
In 2014, Toyota announced its decision to cease production of automobiles and engines at TMCA. The process began in August 2017 with termination of the Aurion, followed by discontinuation of the Camry Hybrid in September. Then on October 3, Toyota ceased production of its Camry gasoline models.
TMCA President Dave Buttner stated, “Thanks to everyone’s long-standing efforts, Toyota became the top automobile manufacturer in Australia, and the vehicles produced here became a byword for quality and reliability not only in Australia but also in the world as the vehicles were exported to other regions like the Middle East.”
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)