Toyota Australia has set an all-time Australian record for motor vehicle exports by any brand in a single month.
Toyota exported 10,699 cars during August.
Toyota is expected to retain its position as Australia's number one vehicle exporter by shipping about 80,000 cars during 2006. Toyota's previous best export result was 8261 set in October 2001.
Last year Toyota Australia also set a new industry export record of 68,989 vehicles, worth $1.3 billion, the majority being left-hand-drive vehicles to the Middle East.
The local auto industry is the largest source of manufactured exports for Australia, earning more than $5 billion in 2005.
Toyota Australia attributes the export growth to the launch of the new-generation Camry. The all-new Camry, which is the only four-cylinder car built in Australia, is destined for more than 20 export destinations, including New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, with the majority going to the Middle East.
"The new Camry will be the backbone of Toyota Australia's total export program. We are confident of reaching an export target of more than 85,000 cars in 2007," said Toyota Australia President and CEO Ted Okada.
"Overseas demand for the Australian-made Camry is running at record levels and has been buoyed by demand for the all-new Camry in both export and domestic markets."
Toyota Australia's export division has been working closely with the six member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) customers in preparation for the 1 September launch of the Camry in the region.
"Toyota Australia's export success is attributable to the hard work of our employees, suppliers, transport companies, shipping companies and port operations and the pursuit of continuous improvement in our levels of quality and cost performance," said Mr Okada.
The 2006 launch of the new Camry sedan will be followed in November by the launch of the Australian built six-cylinder Aurion sedan.
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