May 26, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Flood damage causes delay in Toyota vehicle orders

Orders for Hilux, Fortuner, Corolla Cross and Quest vehicles will take longer to be delivered due to the extensive flood damage suffered by Toyota SA Motors (TSAM) at its Prospecton, Durban plant.

Senior Vice-President Leon Theron said Friday while supply of locally built models will be impacted in the short term, plans have been put in place to prioritize existing orders.

“We Really appreciate the patience of our customers – yes, Hilux, Fortuner, Corolla Cross and Quest orders will take a little longer, but please rest assured they will be fulfilled once our new offer arrives.

” As for imported models, it’s business as usual. In fact, we have requested additional units to compensate for the temporary lack of availability on locally built models.”

The engine manufacturer said it was implementing “a systematic and careful phased plan to return its south Durban plant”. .

The approach is said to be designed to ensure a safe launch with no potential secondary issues.

“Clean-up efforts are progressing rapidly in several areas – the The first three phases include the Establishing temporary utilities at the facility, cleaning and then ramping up the machinery.

“Once the ramp up trial phase is reached, certain areas of the facility will be able to proceed to phase 4, which includes an accurate assessment and equipment review.”

CEO and President Andrew Kirby said, “Only when we begin this phase will we be able to reasonably assess the realistic lead time to resume production .

“As you can imagine, there will be a mountain of repairs. Many parts have to be ordered. It would therefore be irresponsible of us to give a launch date until we have the full picture. We expect dates to be finalized over the next week.”

More than 50 maintenance and technical experts are on site and more will be arriving next week.

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