Toyota’s Calls Quits On Australian Production After 54 Years

After 54 long years, Toyota has officially ended production in Australia following the closure of the Altona plant near Melbourne.

With Toyota ending manufacturing in Australia and Ford’s similar move in October last year, Holden remains the only major automaker still operating a manufacturing plant in the country. However, the local arm of General Motors will shut up shop on October 20.

As part of the shutdown, Toyota Motor Corporation Australia will re-establish the Altona plant as a training and product development facility. Additionally, it will shift sales and marketing functions from Sydney to its Melbourne headquarters.

The Japanese carmaker first commenced production in Australia in April 1963 with the Tiara at its Port Melbourne plant. The Altona plant was subsequently opened in July 1994 and started to build the ever-popular Corolla. The plant then commenced production of the Camry in March 1995 before the Aurion was added to the list of locally-built models in October 2006.

Production of the Aurion ceased in August and the final Camry Hybrid was built in late September.

During its time in Australia, Toyota built 3,451,115 vehicles.

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  • IT’S A SHAME HOW THE AUTO INDUSTRY HAS ABANDONED AUSTRALIA.

  • Six_Tymes

    WHY? what are the reasons?

    • Toyota and other carmaker ditch australia mostly because they already have another assembly plant in ASEAN region and easily can supply the Australian demand.
      Its not economically feasible for the Australia plant to operate let alone to produce car anymore.

      • Bash

        Are you saying that the sales are not enough to keep the Australian plant operating?

      • Kevin Tay

        Nowhere in Australia is economically feasible.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Looks like they couldn’t even afford to water the grass.

    • Gnoxy

      Austraila ran out of fresh water around 2006. They have to desalinate sea water to keep up with demand.

      • Knotmyrealname

        …and they built a desalination plant which they finished but turned off because the dams filled up again. It currently stands at 70.2% full. Hardly a drought.

  • Shane

    I feel bad for Australia, seems like so many places are shutting up shop there and not just auto makers.

  • gary4205

    Is Australia’s political unrest, it’s embrace of socialism, scaring off businesses?

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