Toyota Australia today announced that it will stop building cars in Australia by the end of 2017 and become a
national sales and distribution company.
This means that local manufacturing of the Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion vehicles, as well as the
production of four cylinder engines, will cease by the end of 2017.
The decision was not based on any single factor. The market and economic factors contributing to the
decision include the unfavourable Australian dollar that makes exports unviable, high costs of manufacturing
and low economies of scale for our vehicle production and local supplier base.
Together with one of the most open and fragmented automotive markets in the world and increased
competitiveness due to current and future Free Trade Agreements, it is not viable to continue building cars in
Toyota Australia President and CEO, Max Yasuda, was joined by Toyota Motor Corporation President and
CEO, Akio Toyoda, as he made the announcement to employees late this afternoon.
“This is devastating news for all of our employees who have dedicated their lives to the company during the
past 50 years,” Mr Yasuda said.
“While we have been undertaking the enormous task of transforming our business during the past two years,
our people have joined us on the same journey, which makes it even more difficult to announce this decision
“We did everything that we could to transform our business, but the reality is that there are too many factors
beyond our control that make it unviable to build cars in Australia.
“Although the company has made profits in the past, our manufacturing operations have continued to be loss
making despite our best efforts.
“Our focus will now be to work with our employees, suppliers, government and the unions as we transition to a
national sales and distribution company. Support services will be available to our employees and we will do
everything that we can to minimise the impact of this decision on our employees and suppliers.”
Mr Yasuda said approximately 2,500 employees directly involved with manufacturing will be impacted when
the plant stops building cars in 2017.
There will also be an impact on the company’s corporate divisions, which will be studied over the coming
months to determine what roles and functions will remain in the future.
Mr Yasuda said that Toyota was also committed to providing support to the industry as it prepares for the end
of vehicle manufacturing in Australia.
“We will work with our key stakeholders to determine how to provide the best support to our employees,
suppliers and local communities during the coming years,” Mr Yasuda said.
“Not only do we need to ensure our local suppliers and employees can plan for their future, we also need to
make sure that we continue to produce high quality vehicles and engines for our domestic and export
Toyota Australia will continue to be involved in its local communities and employ thousands of people both
directly and indirectly via its extensive dealership network.
It is the company’s intention to import the Camry and Aurion vehicles beyond 2017, along with the entire range
of Toyota passenger and commercial vehicles.