Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) today formally announces its intention to assemble the Quantum and Ses’fikile at its Prospecton plant inDurban.
To date the Quantum and Ses’fikile taxi, which share basic platform and mechanical components, have been manufactured inJapanand imported in fully built up form.
The announcement follows long but fruitful discussions between TSAM, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and the South African government. The discussions was motivated in part by TSAM, who view the Quantum and Ses’fikile ranges as core models and believe that the localisation of these products will benefit the productive use of its manufacturing facilities.
The local assembly of these vehicles are dependent on certain final preconditions which, if fruitfully concluded, will start in the second quarter of 2012.
TSAM will, upon completion of the preparations, be in a position to comment on the investment and job creation targets set by this project.
About Toyota South Africa Motors:
Toyota SA Motors is the leading vehicle manufacturer and exporter inSouth Africa. Following a five year R8 billion revitalisation plan, which concluded in 2009, the plant now boast an annual capacity of 220 000 vehicles. Toyota currently produce left and right hand drive versions of the Corolla, Fortuner and Hilux ranges at this facility and exports these vehicles to 57 countries.