TOYOTA STARTS PRODUCTION IN CENTRAL ASIA
WITH KAZAKHSTAN-BUILT "FORTUNER"
Kostanay, June 11: Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that complete knock-down (CKD)
production of the "Fortuner" SUV began at a production facility of
Saryarka AvtoProm LLP (SAP). This marks the start of production by Toyota in
Central Asia. Roughly 3,000 units will be produced annually, and SAP has hired
an additional 100 employees.
line-off ceremony was attended by key representatives of Kazakhstan's national
government, including First Vice-Minister of Industry and New Technologies
Albert Rau. The ceremony was also attended by Japanese Ambassador to Kazakhstan
Masayoshi Kamohara, President of Allur Auto (the majority shareholder of SAP)
Andrey Lavrentyev, and Toyota Tsusho Chairman Junzo Shimizu. Representing TMC
were Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada and Senior Managing Officer Didier Leroy
(concurrently president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA, which coordinates
Toyota's operations in Europe).
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