Toyota Europe’s chief executive Shuhei Toyoda says the multinational's assembly plant in Durban is one of just two of its facilities in the world identified as a new exporter to Europe.

Toyota Europe’s chief executive Shuhei Toyoda says the multinational's assembly plant in Durban is one of just two of its facilities in the world identified as a new exporter to Europe.


CARtoday.com reported in April that Toyota SA would invest R1,7 billion in an export plan that will see the manufacturer building 15 000 bakkies a year for the rest of Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. At the time, also reported that the Toyota Motor Corporation planned to export 30 000 SA-built Corollas to Europe annually by 2006, but this was not confirmed.


Speaking on Tuesday, Toyoda said that Toyota plans to boost sales from 800 000 vehicles this year to 1,2-million in 2010 in the European market, which includes Russia and eastern Europe.


He said that there were no plans to set up new production facilities in Europe, but SA and Turkey would instead boost output for the European market.


Toyota SA chief executive Johan van Zyl said yesterday that Toyoda’s announcement confirmed that the Prospecton-based manufacturer was “being seen as a supply source into the global supply network of Toyota of Japan".


The export of Corollas to Europe was "this is still under study," said Van Zyl, noting that Toyota SA was working hard to meet global quality standards to boost its export programme "and achieve the standards required by these markets".

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