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by Brett Davis

Toyota has just announced it will export its 500,000th Australian-made Toyota Camry to Saudi Arabia tomorrow. The Altona plant in Melbourne that produces the Camry also makes the Hybrid Camry, four cylinder Camry and V6 Aurion models for local and international markets.

Toyota first began exporting vehicles back in 1996 and has since delivered over 870,000 vehicles overseas which were all made at the Altona plant. Chris Harrod, Toyota Australia executive director, said in a recent report,

“During the past 14 years Toyota Australia has combined its domestic marketing experience with its extensive knowledge of the Middle East markets to enhance the status of the export Camry. This has evolved to a point where our Camry is now the number one selling passenger vehicle in the Middle East.”

Toyota Australia exports cars to over 20 countries around the world, with the Camry being the most popular, mainly shipped to the Middle East area. Harrod also said over 60 percent of vehicles that roll out of the production line at Altona are exported overseas.

Toyota has said it expects to reach 80,000 exported units this year, which doesn’t quite reach Toyota’s record achieved in 2008 when the company exported 101,668 cars, totaling $1.3 billion.

The 500,000th Camry will be shipped on October 21 and will be accompanied by around 1500 other Camry and Aurion models that will also be exported on the same ship.