Toyota to shift production from Thailand to Indonesia

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toyota-prius-plantJapanese car maker Toyota is gradually shifting its production bases from Thailand to Indonesia, starting with the production of the new Vios model at a plant in Karawang, West Java. Toyota Indonesia, which used to import the Vios compact sedan from Thailand, has spent $210 million in initial capital on its expansion in Indonesia, citing strong demand for cars  driven by Indonesia’s growing middle-class. The plant will produce 1,000 Vios sedans every month.

The car manufacturer also plans to start producing the Toyota Yaris, which it also currently imports from Thailand, in Indonesia next year.

“We see Indonesia as one of the most important markets for automotive products among other Southeast Asian countries,” Toyota said in a release.

Toyota dominated the Indonesian auto market in 2012, with 405,414 units sold, or 36 per cent of total domestic car sales, according to data from the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers. The sales figure was 30 per cent higher than in 2011.

The production shift from Thailand to Indonesia should be complete in 2014.

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Japanese car maker Toyota is gradually shifting its production bases from Thailand to Indonesia, starting with the production of the new Vios model at a plant in Karawang, West Java. Toyota Indonesia, which used to import the Vios compact sedan from Thailand, has spent $210 million in initial capital on its expansion in Indonesia, citing strong demand for cars  driven by Indonesia’s growing middle-class. The plant will produce 1,000 Vios sedans every month.

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toyota-prius-plantJapanese car maker Toyota is gradually shifting its production bases from Thailand to Indonesia, starting with the production of the new Vios model at a plant in Karawang, West Java. Toyota Indonesia, which used to import the Vios compact sedan from Thailand, has spent $210 million in initial capital on its expansion in Indonesia, citing strong demand for cars  driven by Indonesia’s growing middle-class. The plant will produce 1,000 Vios sedans every month.

The car manufacturer also plans to start producing the Toyota Yaris, which it also currently imports from Thailand, in Indonesia next year.

“We see Indonesia as one of the most important markets for automotive products among other Southeast Asian countries,” Toyota said in a release.

Toyota dominated the Indonesian auto market in 2012, with 405,414 units sold, or 36 per cent of total domestic car sales, according to data from the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers. The sales figure was 30 per cent higher than in 2011.

The production shift from Thailand to Indonesia should be complete in 2014.

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