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All New 2014 Toyota Kluger Launched in Australia

In Australia, Toyota has launched a new seven-seat Kluger sports-utility vehicle (SUV) that brings together the best in style, technology, comfort, capability and safety at value pricing.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

Engineers have liberated more interior space by developing a slightly longer and wider body, adopting a new space-efficient double-wishbone rear suspension, and moving all three rows of seats forward.

As a result, the third row is easier to access, the two-seat bench is wider and offers more comfort, while the luggage area behind is longer, deeper and wider, expanding capacity by one-third.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

Kluger’s driving experience is more dynamic with new technologies and optimised steering and suspension that have undergone significant local development to suit the demands of Australian drivers and local conditions.

AWD models include standard Dynamic Torque Control for maximum traction and cornering ability and Downhill Assist Control that automatically controls the brakes to maintain a constant low speed when descending slopes, helping to reduce wheel lock.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

Kluger’s exterior design is sleek and strong, displaying a more aggressive face, subtle sculpting of the sides, prominent wheel arches and a newly designed tailgate.

A totally redesigned interior raises the bar on overall quality with premium materials, soft-touch surfaces, bright accents and greater refinement and functionality.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

Smart storage solutions include an under-dash tray shaped to prevent items sliding out and a 24.5-litre roll-top centre console that doubles as an armrest and is big enough to store a large handbag.

Kluger is available in three well-equipped grades – GX, GXL and Grande. Each is available in two-wheel (2WD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) and provides even better value than before with prices starting at $40,990 - $2,200 less than the previous-model equivalent. AWD is $4,000 across the range, down $500.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

All Kluger grades feature a 3.5-litre V6 engine and new six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with selectable manual sequential shifting and artificial intelligence that adapts to driving styles and provides engine braking on downhill runs and minimises gear hunting. Fuel economy has been improved while maintaining power output at more than 200kW.

Every Kluger has a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, seven airbags, cruise control, air-conditioning, front fog lamps, six-speaker display audio with Toyota Link multimedia and a multi-information display.

Kluger GX also has 18-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lamps, tilt-and-telescopic steering adjustments and Toyota’s active safety package of stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and Hill-Start Assist.

Compared with the current seven-seat price leader, the price has come down $2,200 to $40,990 despite the all-new generation and the inclusion of at least $2,000 of additional features.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

Mid-grade GXL grade adds three-zone climate-control air-conditioning, keyless smart entry and start, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, roof rails, leather-accented interior and premium steering wheel and shift knob.

With at least $1,000 of extra features, the GXL price of $49,990 is $1,500 lower than the equivalent outgoing variant.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

At the top of the range, the Grande is the Kluger with the lot, including safety technologies that help avoid a collision or mitigate the impact if a collision is unavoidable – Toyota’s Pre-collision Safety System and Active Cruise Control, which utilise a grille-mounted radar. It also gains Lane Departure Alert and Blind Spot Monitor.

It picks up 19-inch wheels, projector LED headlamps with Auto High Beam, tilt-and-slide moonroof, ventilated front seats, eight-inch display audio with navigation and DAB+ digital radio, second-row sunshades, nine-inch rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-ray player, power-operated tailgate, woodgrain-look pattern highlights and a full-colour 4.2-inch multi-information display.

7-SEAT KLUGER PRICES IN AUSTRALIA

GRADE

2WD PRICE

PREVIOUS

GX

$40,990

$43,190

GXL

$49,990

$51,490

GRANDE

$63,990

$60,635

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Toyota Decided to Cease Local Manufacturing in Australia by 2017

After Ford and Holden decision to quit production in Australia, 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 in Australia.

Toyota workers celebrate production of the three-millionth Toyota in Australia, a Camry Hybrid (Camry hL model shown)

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 Australia.

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 customers.”

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.

Toyota Australia invests in local manufacturing

Recently, Toyota Australia announced it will invest $123 million in its local manufacturing operations for the next five years from 2015.

The project is supported by a co-investment package from the Australian Federal and Victorian Governments. The Australian Federal Government has contributed a grant of $23.6 million towards the investment with an undisclosed grant contributed by the Victorian Government. In addition, the Australian Federal Government will contribute $5 million towards Toyota Australia’s $15 million supplier development program over a five-year period, allowing the program to be accelerated and intensified to assist companies that supply components to Toyota.

Toyota Camry Hybrid Assembly in Australia

Toyota Australia President and CEO Max Yasuda said today’s announcement was a critical step in Toyota Australia’s transformation.

“Local manufacturing is an integral part of our business and is a key focus of our five year company-wide transformation program,” Mr Yasuda said.

“The investment ensures that Toyota Australia continues to build high quality vehicles for our local and overseas customers.”

Toyota Australia currently exports approximately 70,000 Camry and Aurion vehicles per year predominantly to the Middle East, with some exports to New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands.

Mr Yasuda said in addition to making the Altona investment, Toyota Australia will spend $15 million during the next five-year period on its supplier development program.

“This program will see a dedicated team of engineers working with local suppliers to assist them to improve productivity, diversify their business operations and improve their global competitiveness,” Mr Yasuda said.

“This program will help strengthen Australia’s supplier base through the application and sharing of Toyota Production System principles and best practice manufacturing techniques.”

He added that the Federal and Victorian Governments were long-term supporters of local manufacturing and played an instrumental part in today’s announcement.

“It is vital that we continue to have an ongoing partnership with Governments to ensure the long-term viability of local manufacturing. Today’s announcement is a positive step forward. This investment was secured due to the enormous effort undertaken by many people at Toyota Australia during the past 18 months and the critical support of the Victorian and Federal Governments.”

Toyota Australia will spend $108 million on the Altona investment and $15 million on the supplier development program. Toyota has been building cars in Australia for 50 years. In 2013 the company expects to build more than 100,000 Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion vehicles at its Altona plant, along with approximately 108,000 four-cylinder engines

Toyota Starts Engine Exports to Thailand and Malaysia

Toyota Australia has started exporting its new locally built 4-cylinder engines to Thailand and Malaysia for the first time. Now, the new Toyota’s Altona engine plant in Victoria has begun full production of the new 4 cylinder AR series engine.

Toyota AR series Engine 4 Cylinder Australia

Approximately 18,000 engines are estimated to be exported in 2013, while more than 90,000 engines will be fitted to Toyota Australia’s locally built Camry and Camry Hybrid sedans for domestic and export markets. Approximately 108,000 engines will be produced this year, of which 85 per cent will be petrol engines and 15 per cent hybrid.

The first shipment of both petrol and hybrid engines are expected to arrive in February 2013 to Thailand and Malaysia.

Toyota’s New Engine Plant for 2.5-litre AR 4 Cylinder Engine in Melbourne

Today, Toyota Australia has officially opened its new engine plant, making it the first Australian car manufacturer to produce both petrol and hybrid engines.

 

 

The engine plant is located in Altona, west of Melbourne, the plant will produce approximately 108,000 four cylinder 2.5 litre engines per year for its locally built Camry and Camry Hybrid sedans. The engines produced in Altona plant will also be exported to Thailand and Malaysia.

 

 

The event was attended by the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard; Victorian Premier, the Hon. Ted Baillieu; Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation, the Hon. Greg Combet AM; Victorian Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade, the Hon. Richard Dalla-Riva; Mr Seiichi Sudo, Senior Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation; and His Excellency, Mr Yoshitaka Akimoto, Ambassador of Japan.

 

Toyota Australia President and CEO, Mr Max Yasuda said the official opening was a proud day for the Australian car industry and testament to the company’s team members who helped secure the new engine plant investment.

 

“This is a great day for Toyota Australia. The official opening of the new engine plant is part of our overall mission to transform our operations and build a more sustainable business,” Mr Yasuda said.

 

“We are now one of only four countries in the world to produce the AR four cylinder engine and are the first Australian car manufacturer to produce petrol-electric hybrid engines.”

 

Mr Yasuda said the unveiling demonstrated the efforts Toyota was taking to transform its operations to ensure local car manufacturing can maintain its presence in a highly competitive marketplace.

 

“I am a true believer in local car making. We are working to create a new, stronger business that gives us a competitive advantage that is sustainable and profitable for the future. Building a new engine plant in Australia is at the heart of our manufacturing strategy.

 

“The new engine plant is a significant milestone for Toyota Australia. It enables us to maintain our workforce and further develop our technologies, skills and products so we can continue building engines and cars in Australia for many years to come.”

 

Mr Yasuda praised the strong desire of both the Federal and State Governments to see more advanced car making technologies introduced to Australia. Along with support from the Victorian Government, the Federal Government contributed $63 million to the commissioning of the new engine plant from its Green Car Innovation Fund.

 

“An ongoing partnership between local car makers, the government and suppliers is fundamental for ensuring Australian industry can compete,” Mr Yasuda said.

 

The new 2.5 litre engine boasts significant improvements in fuel efficiency and greater power than the previous 2.4 litre engine. In the current generation Camry this has contributed to an 11 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and a 13 per cent reduction for the Camry Hybrid.

 

The engine plant has been in development since October 2011. It replaces the original engine plant built in 1978, which was Toyota’s first engine manufacturing plant built outside Japan. The plant will go into full production from 14 January 2013 and produce approximately 450 engines per day.

 

Toyota Australia has been building cars in Australia for almost 50 years. In August 2012 it achieved one million exports sales, making it the first Australian manufacturer to do so. Later this month Toyota will also build its three millionth locally built vehicle.