Toyota Motor Corp. Australia Ltd. sets a record for Australian car exports with a shipment of Toyota Camrys to the Middle East, beating its previous record of 66,247 vehicles set in 2003 with two weeks of the year remaining.

Scott Grant, Toyota Australia divisional manager-export, says the 2005 export figure almost reached 69,000 vehicles – an increase of 5.5% over 2004 and 4.2% ahead of the 2003 record.

Toyota Camry exported to 20 countries

The value of Toyota’s vehicle exports to Australia’s balance of trade is more than A$1.3 billion ($958 million), he says.

“Demand for (the) Camry has been very strong all year in our export markets, and we expect that trend will continue (in 2006) as well,” Grant says.

“We will introduce a new model at our Altona plant in Melbourne mid-year, but there will be no slowdown in exports, and we anticipate another record in 2006.”

More than 90% of Australian Camry exports are left-hand-drive vehicles to the Middle East. The Camry is the top-selling passenger vehicle in Saudi Arabia.

Toyota exports the Camry to more than 20 countries, including South Africa, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait.