Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota , Australia With Ford and General Motors both announcing an end to production in Australia , the country’s auto industry is in a bad way. With the exit of two big players, there’s increased concern that a third Australian manufacturer, Toyota , will be forced out, as well. “We are saddened to learn of GM Holden’s decision. This will place unprecedented pressure on the local supplier network and our ability to build cars in Australia,” Toyota Australia said in a statement. The GM closure of Holden production will be the direct end to 2,900 jobs, but will also force a dramatic reduction in the size of the country’s supplier network, as there will simply be fewer cars to build. In the same statement, Toyota Australia said it would work with suppliers and local government to figure out whether continuing production Down Under was even feasible. According to Automotive News , a representative for the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union told reporters it was “highly likely” that Toyota would also close up shop within the next few years. Toyota fears supplier pressure in Australia with GM pull out originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Performance , Toyota , Australia , Rumormill Sources in Australia are reporting that we’ll be seeing a small, rear-drive sedan from Toyota , based on the GT 86/ Scion FR-S . Yes, a convertible variant is still in limbo, but a four-door sedan is in the works. It’s unclear if the rumored GT 86 sedan would spawn Scion and Subaru variants (it’s hard to cross all ten fingers while you type, but we’re having a go). Working with remarks made by the car’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada in his blog and a rendering from Japanese magazine Holiday Auto , the Australian site Motoring is claiming that the new model’s wheelbase will grow about four inches over the current GT 86’s 101.2-inch wheelbase. Besides the larger overall space between the axles, the sedan will offer a more potent engine option over the current 2.0-liter, flat-four. Promising 268 horsepower, which is a big jump over the current car’s 200 ponies, the new powertrain will be derived from the Hybrid R setup , shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show. If, like us, you’re reaching for the salt, and we don’t blame you. Motoring seems to think the new model will be available later in 2015 or early in 2016, with pricing that should be within reach of current GT 86 owners (around 30,000 Australian dollars, or $28,371). Toyota to offer sedan version of GT 86? originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:15:00 EST.
Filed under: Government/Legal , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota , Australia In the wake of last month’s announcement that Ford will cease automotive and engine production in Australia after 2016 , many are wondering what the country’s other automakers will do. Holden has already confirmed it will stay the course despite Ford’s exit . Much of the GM subsidiary’s reason for sticking around has to do with a deal made last year between Holden and the Australian government. In order to secure a GM investment of $1 billion and a commitment to keep manufacturing in Australia through 2022, the government threw in an extra $215 million. According to Australia’s Minister for Innovation and Industry, Greg Combet, the government is now in talks with Toyota for a similar deal. Toyota operates one plant in Australia, the Altona manufacturing and engine plant in Victoria. The facility produces the Camry , Camry Hybrid and Australasia-only Aurion for both the local market and export. The report from GoAuto indicates that negotiations with the Australian government would include adding production of a third, all-new model at Altona, possibly the new RAV4 , because it shares many parts with the Camry. Mr. Combet did not say what amount the government would be willing to offer in exchange for an investment by Toyota and commitment to continue manufacturing in Australia, or whether it would be more or less than the Holden deal, but did confirm the talks were happening.
SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 18, 2012 – Australia Lexus has revealed the stunning LF-LC Blue concept at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. Clad in unique Opal Blue, it is the second version of the LF-LC, first debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.
Filed under: Motorsports , Classics , Videos , Toyota Former and current Toyota driver Neal Bates started his rally career over 20 years ago. While that seems like a long time to have been racing, even back then a 1980 Toyota Celica was pretty old school. Mr. Bates and his friends at Toyota set out to prove that the old Celica is still cool by giving the RA40 dirt runner a full restore ahead of its ARC debut in Melbourne. Bates, Coral Taylor and the 32-year-old Celica took first in the opening round of the 2012 Australian Rally Championship, and if you watch the video below , you’ll see why. Bates put the beefed-up Celica through its paces, and it looks like he hasn’t lost a step. Continue reading Watch a restored 1980 Toyota Celica rally car put through its paces by Neal Bates Watch a restored 1980 Toyota Celica rally car put through its paces by Neal Bates originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 08 Mar 2012 19:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Toyota , UAW/Unions , Australia The 2011 labor negotiations between the United Auto Workers and the Detroit Three have been a relatively quiet affair so far, but the story is a bit different on the other side of the globe. Toyota and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union aren’t seeing eye to eye, which has lead to a strike at facilities in Melbourne and Sydney. Well, most of the union’s rank and file are striking. Australia’s The Age reports that 400 of the 3,300 workers have crossed the picket line and returned to work building Camry and Aurion models, and union members are less than thrilled. In fact, striking workers have been less than subtle in threatening those 400 workers, issuing letters calling the line-crossers “f— scabs,” and adding “we know where you live.” The threats have not been well-received by union management, with national secretary Dave Smith issuing a statement saying that there was no place for threats and intimidation at work. Still, the line-crossing workers have to feel less than safe after receiving threats like “payback is a bitch three-fold” and “we know what car you drive.” Workers are striking for a 12 percent raise over three years. Toyota has offered an 11 percent raise over 39 months split into four installments. You can check out Toyota’s official response to the strike in a statement available after the jump . Continue reading Toyota AU workers threatened for unwillingness to strike Toyota AU workers threatened for unwillingness to strike originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
TORRANCE, Calif. (June 14, 2011) — Lexus is thrilled to announce the addition of 23-year-old Australian golf sensation Jason Day to its roster of sponsored golf champions. Day’s sponsorship kicks off at the 2011 U.S. Open Championship (June 16-19) where the young star will wear the Lexus logo on his apparel and make appearances at Lexus events as a brand ambassador.