Toyota reports dramatic increase in sales in Africa

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Toyota South Africa affirmed Monday that sales in Africa saw a growth of nearly 30 per cent, rising above 200,000 units for the first time.
According to Kunio Komada, who is Toyota Motor Corporation head of operations for Europe and Africa, sales excluding Daihatsu and Hino exceeded 6,700,000 units around the world, which was an increase of 640,000 units over the total sales in 2003.
"By region, we see that Africa and Europe increased sales to more than 1,000,000 units for the first time, for a total of 1,120,000 units.
Such a fine record would never have been achieved without the sale of more than 112 000 units - more than half the total sales for Africa - in South Africa," he said.
Toyota has 40 factories in 24 countries in the world.
Total production during the year 2004 at those factories was 6,830,000 units, including 3,600,000 units built in Japan and 3,230,000 units overseas.
"Political stability and economic policies implemented during the last 10 years, along with changes in the international economic environment created positive GDP growth for South Africa during 2004.
This led to a 20% growth in the vehicle market during the past year," Komada explained.

24 january 2005 11:12:00

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