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10 Millionth Camry becomes first car in Games fleet

30 Sep 05 05:38
M2006 Logo30 September 2005

Toyota Australia President Ted Okada and Victorian Premier Steve Bracks today presented the 10 millionth Camry built worldwide to Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Chairman Ronald Walker and basketball superstar Lauren Jackson; marking the first Toyota vehicle in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Fleet.

Mr Bracks presented the 10 millionth Camry when it was unveiled in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games livery in a ceremony at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Altona.

“As part of its sponsorship agreement with the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, the 10 millionth Camry will be the first vehicle of up to 1500 vehicles for use by athletes, officials, staff and the Games family,” Mr Bracks said.

“Ten million Camry vehicles made worldwide is a significant achievement and I am proud that this milestone was achieved right here in Victoria, at Toyota’s Altona manufacturing plant.

“The fuel-efficient Camry will be a signature vehicle for the Melbourne Games fleet, and in the longer term, will become a more widely used, environmentally friendly vehicle through the Victorian Government Fleet.

“Toyota is a significant contributor to the economy – employing 4,500 people with a purchase value of $2.2 billion for local suppliers and exporting more than 65,000 vehicles from Victoria to 24 countries around the world.

“Toyota is expanding and upgrading its Altona manufacturing facility and this is a significant investment in Victoria as the home of automotive manufacturing in Australia.”

Toyota Australia President Ted Okada said the Altona plant faces intense competition from other Toyota plants around the globe that produce the Camry.

“The role of both the Victorian and Federal Governments in our success cannot be underestimated,” Mr Okada said

“Melbourne has developed a well-earned reputation as a mature, quality automotive manufacturing centre with substantial expertise.

“Local manufacturers and component suppliers have been helped by a strong economy and an education system that produces standards equal to world’s best.

“Both the Victorian and Federal Governments recognise that a strong automotive industry is an integral part of a strong economy.

Toyota Australia is delighted to give something back to the Victorian community through our sponsorship of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games as well as that of the AFL and the Australian Paralympic Team.

“This 10 millionth Camry emulates the efforts and support of employees, suppliers and Government and it is fitting that this milestone vehicle be delivered to a very special customer and one who is integral to the world’s view of Melbourne in 2006.

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Chairman, Ronald Walker, said; “Toyota is a wonderful supporter of Melbourne’s events including the Formula One Grand Prix and now the Commonwealth Games.

“Toyota’s position as the most profitable car company in the world today has been achieved through their attention to detail, quality and customer service.

“The Toyota Camry will be the signature vehicle for the Melbourne Games fleet, and we warmly congratulate Toyota on such an impressive milestone of 10 million cars.”

The Games will be a unique opportunity to witness 4500 elite athletes from 71 nations taking part in the XVIII Commonwealth Games to be held from 15-26 March 2006.

ENDS

Media Contacts

For an interview with Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Chairman Mr Ronald J Walker, please contact:
Kylie Speer
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
0438 178 408
kylie.speer@melbourne2006.com.au

For an interview with Toyota Australia, please contact:
Catherine Russell
Public Affairs
0408 661 173
Catherine.russell@toyota.com.au

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