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Toyota to Produce Camry Hybrid in Australia

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will begin producing the Camry Hybrid at the Altona Plant of Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd. (TMCA), as part of an effort to further popularize hybrid vehicles worldwide.

We decided to build the Camry Hybrid in Australia because Australians are keenly aware of environmental issues including global warming, and we are confident that the Camry Hybrid will be well received. Toyota intends to make further efforts toward popularizing hybrid vehicles.

—TMC President Katsuaki Watanabe

Production of the Camry Hybrid at the Altona Plant (in the State of Victoria in southeastern Australia) will commence in early 2010, with an annual production target of 10,000 vehicles. Capacity of the Altona Plant is 150,000 units per year.



19,000 GM employees take redundancy in he US.

Feb 2008. 930 Mitsubishi Australia plant workers lose jobs plus an estimated 1000 associated supplier employees.

Mitsubishi goes all imported as the large (V6) 380 sedan fails to meet sales target.

4,500 Toyota's Altona plant employees seem to have a bright
(and interesting) future.

you'd think that those mitsu workers and plant could build wind turbines etc with a little reconfiguration (compared to any other approach) and find a market that was socially constructive and personally rewarding.
But then somehow I get the feeling that the workers aren't the main priority.
It seems that its too much of an ask for these large companies once the inertia gets going.

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