Toyota will conduct an Australian-based driving and training
project that will play a role in the development of future generations of its
vehicles and help train its employees.
More than 30 employees and executives involved in global
development of Toyota vehicles will take part in the project that will cover
approximately 18,000km around Australia over a period of more than 10 weeks to
They will drive 4WD and passenger vehicles, including
Corolla, LandCruiser and HiLux, across the continent to help them consider
future vehicle specification plans.
The participants will also refine and strengthen their
intuition in developing vehicles for specific driving environments by
experiencing every conceivable driving surface – from busy city streets to the
toughest trails of the outback.
Toyota Australia president Dave Buttner said in a statement that Australia was
an ideal place to develop an understanding of the world’s roads,
because its varied terrain is said to offer at least 80 per cent of the road
surfaces found on the planet.
“Toyota has an excellent understanding of Australia’s
diverse conditions, but our parent company is taking nothing for granted by
undertaking this extensive project in addition to regular vehicle evaluations
and testing carried out in Australia.
“It is vital that Toyota’s leading vehicle development
personnel get back to basics, experiencing first-hand what it takes to continue
satisfying customers with ever-better cars.