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Car News: Toyota celebrates 50 years in Malaysia

UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) – a joint venture between local conglomerate UMW Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) – celebrated 50 years of vehicle production in Malaysia with a special ceremony held at its new plant in Bukit Raja, Klang this morning.

The plant, which has been in operation since Jan 2, is Toyota’s second assembly plant in the state, after the one in Shah Alam.

Earlier, Hamad Kama Piah said in his speech that many historic events were recorded during Toyota’s 50 years of production in Malaysia, and it reflected the good diplomatic ties between Malaysia and Japan.

He said Toyota has manufactured 1.5 million vehicles since the first Toyota Corolla rolled off the line in 1968.

"In fact, the ASSB assembly plant is also among the largest assembly plants in the country. The growth of the automotive sector has also created many job opportunities in various fields.

"Its high reputation in terms of product endurance and reliability makes Japanese vehicles always ahead of other brands. This is achieved through various innovations to improve efficiency and productivity," he said.

He said the brand had become the local people’s choice of vehicles and this encouraged the company to increase its production volume to meet market demands.

The decision to build a second plant in the Bukit Raja industrial area in 2016 was to increase production of the company's vehicles, making it the most important asset in achieving Toyota's desire to continue offering the best vehicles to Malaysians, he said.

The latest assembly plant in Bukit Raja, which is also run by ASSB, is targeted to produce 50,000 units of vehicles per year. Currently, Toyota Vios and Toyota Yaris cars are manufactured at the plant.

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