Toyota Australia reaches local milestone

Toyota has been making cars Down Under for 50 years and has just produced car number two million for the local market.

The domestic market has seen the lion's share of Toyota Australia's local car production, but an additional one million cars have also been made for export.

Altona, Victoria is home to Toyota's Australian site with seven plants across a 75-hectare area. It saw more than 101,000 cars pass through its doors in 2012 alone.

Australia's best-selling mid-size car, the Toyota Camry, has been built locally since 1987 and the country is the first outside Japan to produce Toyota cars and engines.

The local factory also opened a new engine plant late last year and now produces Camry and Camry Hybrid engines for local and export markets.

If you're an Australian fleet manager interested in lowering your carbon footprint, you may want to consider buying locally produced cars that require less energy to get from the plant to your business.

As well as being the top selling car manufacturer in Australia for the past ten years, Toyota is also the first and only company to build a hybrid car in the country. So, if you're looking at getting into green cars, this is a good bet.

The two millionth locally made Toyota indicates the company's commitment to Australia, according to Executive Director of sales and marketing Tony Cramb.

"This achievement is the latest demonstration that Toyota is building cars in Australia with the quality, technology, performance, fuel economy and value demanded by local and overseas buyers," he said.

The manufacturer remains popular in the country, and overall there have been 5.7 million Toyota cars bought in Australia.