Toyota to open new factory in Western Australia

Toyota has announced it will open a factory in WA to create an automotive assembly line for its latest model, the Corolla.

The plant will employ between 500 and 600 people and will have a workforce of up to 1,500 people.

The company says the facility will also be a new production facility for Toyota’s Corolla SUV.

“We will be creating a highly skilled, high-quality assembly line and we expect to see our products made in this new plant,” Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said.

Toyota said it was looking to expand its presence in the Western Australian manufacturing industry.

“The Corolla and other Toyota products will be built in the new facility,” Mr Toyoda added.

Toyota is also opening a factory to build its new Prius plug-in hybrid.

The vehicle has a range of more than 250 kilometres on the battery pack, while Toyota says the plug-ins range from 40 to 70 kilometres.

Toyota’s first factory in Queensland was closed in 2017, and the company has said it would be a long-term project to expand the facility.

Toyota has not announced when the plant will open, but Mr Toyota said the factory would begin production in 2019.