Posted on 10. Sep, 2010 in Greening Victoria

Victoria will become the green automotive engine room of Australia after Toyota today announced it would manufacture its next-generation car engines at its Altona plant, securing over 3000 Victorian jobs.

Premier John Brumby today joined Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Kim Carr and staff at the Altona plant and said Toyota would undertake a $300 million upgrade of its Altona engine plant to produce 100,000 green engines each year for its Camry and Hybrid Camry vehicles, starting in 2012.

“Our Government is working with car companies such as Toyota to meet the challenges of global automotive manufacturing and secure jobs here in Victoria,” Mr Brumby said.

“Today, Toyota has committed to building engines in Victoria that will be sold right across South East Asia, drive down emissions, and support automotive jobs now and into the future.

“Toyota will also produce engines for the Hybrid Camry, which uses 30 per cent less fuel, and will contribute to reductions in carbon emissions – a key target outlined in the Victorian Government’s Climate Change White paper.”

Mr Brumby said Toyota’s decision to produce green engines at its Altona plant was a major vote of confidence for Victoria and our economy.

“Had this project not gone ahead, Toyota Australia would have had to import the engines from the Kamigo plant in Japan,” he said.

“Instead, 3000 Victorian jobs have been secured and the future of the Victorian automotive industry has been given a major boost.”

Mr Brumby said Toyota would be making engines in Victoria that would be used for cars sold in South East Asia in its global line-up.

“Victoria is fast becoming a transcontinental force in automotive manufacturing,” he said.

Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan said the Victorian Government had partnered with the Gillard Labor Government to provide support to secure Toyota’s manufacturing presence in Victoria.

“Our automotive sector employs more than 30,000 people, many who work in manufacturing supply chains that rely on large companies such as Toyota remaining in Victoria,” she said.

“We will continue to support companies that contribute to the state, creating Victorian jobs and stimulating the Victorian economy.”


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