Toyota Australia recently announced that it will begin exporting engines to Malaysia and Thailand, according to a Bernama report. The best-selling car manufacturer Down Under expects to export 18,000 four-cylinder engines this year and will build 90,000 of the machines for use in its locally-made Camry and Camry Hybrid.
“Our employees have worked incredibly hard to secure the investment for the new engine plant and ensure that we are producing the best quality engines,” said manufacturing and purchasing ED Chris Harrod in a statement.
“The fact that we were able to secure new export markets in Malaysia and Thailand is testament to the quality of our work and the positive reputation Toyota Australia has among our affiliates. We are now one of the only four countries to produce this particular engine and are the only Australian manufacturer to produce both petrol and hybrid engines.”
Bernama also reports that Holden’s Port Melbourne engine plant could close by 2020, due to dwindling demand for six-cylinder engines in favour of more efficient four-pot units. “You would need to re-tool that engine plant almost fully to be able to build something other than that V6,” said Holden chairman Mike Devereux.