TOYOTA TO START FORTUNER SUV PRODUCTION IN KAZAKHSTAN (ENG)

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Toyota Motor Corporation 
Toyota ?Fortuner? SUV Knockdown Production to Begin in Kazakhstan 
Astana, Kazakhstan, February 12, 2013?Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) 
signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of the 
Republic of Kazakhstan here today to begin local knockdown production of 
the ?Fortuner? SUV.  Production of the vehicle will begin in the spring of 
2014 at a facility of Saryarka AvtoProm LLP (SAP) in Kostanay, Kazakhstan 
at a planned pace of approximately 3,000 units per year. 
The MoU was signed at a ceremony here by Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and 
Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev, and TMC Senior 
Managing Officer Didier Leroy, also President and CEO of Toyota Motor 
Europe NV/SA, TMC?s holding subsidiary in Europe. 
At the ceremony, Issekeshev said: ?This project is a strategically 
important step towards the development of the automotive industry in 
Kazakhstan.  I believe it will lead the way for the engineering industry 
in Kazakhstan.?  
Leroy commented: ?This project is an important milestone for Toyota and 
Kazakhstan, and is a product of our strong and cooperative relationship 
with the Kazakh government.  We strongly believe that the potential for 
economic growth and a strong automobile market here is excellent.  By 
starting production locally, we can actively contribute to the 
acceleration of motorization and industrialization of the country and I am 
convinced that Toyota will gain a new dimension in the market in order to 
attract and satisfy more customers.? 
Concerning the MoU, Toyota Motor Kazakhstan President Shingo Kato said: 
?We are very pleased by this MoU enabling Kazakhstan production of the 
Fortuner and I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the 
government and all the other people who made it possible.  Once this 
made-in-Kazakhstan true off-roader begins coming off the line here, we 
will be able to offer an extended model line-up, including ten imported 
Toyota models such as the Camry and the Land Cruiser, as well as seven 
Lexus models.? 
A contract will be signed later this month defining the roles, outlined 
below, of the parties involved.
1)      TMC: Provision of comprehensive technical guidance and assistance 
to SAP
2)      TMKZ: Vehicle sales
3)      SAP: Knockdown production
4)      Toyota Tsusho Corporation: Shipment of knockdown kit parts 
TMC established Toyota Motor Kazakhstan LLP (TMKZ) as a sales and 
marketing company in May 2008 to import and sell Toyota- and Lexus-brand 
vehicles in Kazakhstan.  Kazakhstan was chosen as a location for knockdown 
production in consideration of its market potential.  
Based on its founding philosophy of contributing to society through the 
manufacture of automobiles, TMC is committed to conducting business in a 
manner that contributes to the continued development of Kazakhstan?s 
automobile industry and economy, as well as to providing products that 
exceed expectations. 
Overview of Saryarka AvtoProm LLP (SAP)
Location
Kostanay, Republic of Kazakhstan
Establishment 
May 2010
President
Rashid Baibulatov
Equity participation
Allur Avto: 51%, SPK Tobol: 49%
Products
Kyron and six other models (for SsangYong Motor, South Korea) 
Chance (for ZAZ, Ukraine) 
Overview of Toyota Motor Kazakhstan LLP (TMKZ)
Location
Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan
Establishment
May 2008
President
Shingo Kato
Equity participation
Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA: 100%
Employees
Approx. 50 
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