The carmaker has invested millions of dollars in Australia as it prepares to promote products focused on Australian drivers and conditions.
Toyota has invested $40 million in a new state-of-the-art Center of Excellence in Altona, Victoria.
The facility will house design, engineering and vehicle evaluation teams.
Toyota Australia’s product teams were responsible for modifying popular local models such as the HiLux Rogue and Rugged X variants.
The two models were optimized to be more capable off-road, with inclusions such as a snorkel, bash plates and underbody protection.
Mike Rausa, Toyota Australia’s head of product and after-sales operations, believes the new facility will allow teams to create even more exciting products for Australian drivers.
Mr Rausa says, “We wanted to maintain and build on the capability we have developed over our long history of vehicle manufacturing, providing a highly collaborative environment that draws on Australian design and engineering expertise and information used within the wider Toyota family. will allow.”
“The new Product Center offers just that, taking into account jobs, skills and career paths in Australia.”
The latest injection of funds brings the total investment in the Center of Excellence to $150 million.
The facilities include a hydrogen center which is responsible for hydrogen production, storage and refueling. The site can produce up to 80 kg of hydrogen a day.
Toyota is one of the world leaders in the development of hydrogen-powered vehicles.
recently Brief Drive of the Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Car The vehicle uses about 1.1 kg of hydrogen per 100 km and can hold 5 kg for a range of about 500 km.
There is also a 1.4 km test track to help fine-tune the vehicles for Australian conditions.
This is another sign that the Australian automotive industry has continued to grow and develop since Ford, Holden and Toyota ceased production over the past decade.
Ford Australia is also investing in Australia. It has spent more than $2 billion in the last five years and is responsible for the overall engineering, development and design of the new Ford Ranger ute due next year. Ford employs over 2500 people, while Toyota has 700 employees.