2015 Toyota HiLux 4x4 SR double cab

Toyota Technical Centre Asia Pacific Australia (TTC-AU) in Notting Hill, Melbourne, Victoria will cease its operations by June next year, ahead of a planned shutdown of local vehicle manufacturing in 2017 at the company’s plant at Altona,

The facility, operational since 2005, has a significant role in developing the new Toyota Hilux and Fortuner models, and is only one of five Toyota technical centres worldwide. Japan, the United States, Belgium, and Thailand are the other countries, which have a Toyota technical centre of their own.

As part of the downsizing effort, a redundancy program will be implemented, affecting the 160 current staff at TTC-AU. From that total, 19 personnel will be absorbed in Toyota Australia to concentrate on localisation work, while 30 staff will be relocated to Toyota technical centres in the US and Japan.

2015 Toyota Fortuner Crusade

2015 Toyota Fortuner Crusade

Speaking to Australian publication Drive, Max Gillard, president of TTC-AU stated that the Fortuner was “the biggest multi-national development program ever undertaken by Toyota Motor Corporation”.

“Our local tech centre was assigned full responsibility for the design engineering of the Fortuner’s unique upper body and wiring harness, not just for some markets, but for the entire world. It’s a really great Australian story,” he added.