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Toyota has opened a new engine plant in Australia, located in Altona, west of Melbourne.

The new engine plant will manufacture around 108,000 I4 2.5 liter engines annually for the Camry and its hybrid model. Toyota will also export the engines to Malaysia and Thailand, where Camry models are being assembled.

Toyota Australia president and CEO Max Yasuda said: “We are now one of only four countries in the world to produce the AR four cylinder engine and are the first Australian car manufacturer to produce petrol-electric hybrid engines.”

The new plant is part of Toyota’s manufacturing strategy to maintain its presence in Australia, known as a highly competitive, profitable and sustainable market place. The new plant was built to replace the old one which was more than 30 years old and represented Toyota’s first engine manufacturing plant outside Japan.

“An ongoing partnership between local car makers, the government and suppliers is fundamental for ensuring Australian industry can compete,” Yasuda said.

The engine plant is expected to begin full production on January 14th and will produce 450 engines daily. The first model exported by Toyota Australia was a Corona wagon which went to New Zealand in the mid-1980s. In August 2012, Toyota celebrated its 1 millionth exported vehicles and at the end of this month the automaker will reach its 3 millionth assembled vehicle in Australia.