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Toyota to produce Camry hybrids in Australia, Thailand, as automaker revs up green cars

Toyota to produce Camry hybrids in Australia, Thailand, as automaker revs up green cars

Toyota will start making the Camry hybrid in Australia and Thailand as part of the Japanese automaker's efforts to step up production of such "green" cars around the world, the company said Tuesday.
Toyota Motor Corp. said in a statement it plans annual production of 10,000 Camry hybrids at the Altona plant in southeastern Australia _ a bit of bright news for that nation's lagging auto industry _ starting in early 2010.
Toyota also will start making the Camry hybrid at its Gateway plant in Thailand next year, targeting annual production of 9,000 vehicles, it said in a release.
The announcements are part of Toyota's efforts to boost hybrid production and pick the best production places around the world.
Toyota, close to overtaking General Motors Corp. of the U.S. as the world's No. 1 automaker, has said it hopes to sell 1 million or more hybrid vehicles a year sometime after 2010.
That would require boosting production of hybrids around the world, as it has taken about a decade for Toyota to reach cumulative global sales of a million Prius vehicles.
Toyota Motor Thailand Co. President Mitsuhiro Sonoda said Thailand is the first Southeast Asian nation to start making hybrid vehicles.
"As the Camry has received a warm welcome from Thai customers, we are sure these customers will be satisfied not only with the product but also with its environmental performance," he said.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also welcomed the news, promising Toyota 35 million Australian dollars (US$33 million) from a fund for ecological cars to cover costs such as those for expanding facilities and technological development.
"This is an important step forward for Australian motorists and fuel efficiency _ an important step forward for the Australian motor vehicle industry," Rudd told reporters, according to a text from the government.
Rudd also said the announcement marked an important step for the nation's environment. Of the estimated million cars sold in Australia each year, only 5,000 are now hybrids, he said.
"Australia, we believe, needs to do better and more on the question of fuel efficient vehicles," he said.
With the Camry hybrid, a family driving some 20,000 kilometers (12,400 miles) a year can hope to save up to 1,000 Australian dollars (US$950) a year because the hybrid uses a third less gas, Rudd said.
Toyota became the first automaker in the world to commercially mass produce gas-electric hybrids with its Prius more than a decade ago.


Updated : 2021-09-17 10:21 GMT+08:00