The 2016 Toyota Innova will soon be hitting the roads after Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) recently celebrated the start of production of the all-new MPV at their Karawang facility in Indonesia.
The new-generation Innova will be built at Karawang Plant 1, the first Toyota factory in the world to commence production of the aforementioned MPV.
Present during the ceremony were key persons from the Indonesian government along with executive members of Toyota Motor Corporation. These included Indonesian Minister of Industry Saleh Husin, West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan , Toyota Motor Corporation Executive Vice President Seiichi Sudo, Toyota-Astra Motor (TAM) President Director Hiroyuki Fukui, TMMIN Vice President Director Warih Andang Tjahjono and TMMIN President Director Masahiro Nonami.
“This celebration would not be possible without the cooperation from our partner TAM, local suppliers, dealers, and many more as well as the tremendous support from the government and people of Indonesia,” said Nonami.
In Indonesia alone, the all-new Innova will account for a local content ratio of 85% thanks in part to the increasing involvement of Toyota Indonesia and local suppliers. To date, there are 16 new local suppliers for the production of the 2016 Innova, increasing TMMIN’s supply chain by 123 companies.
In addition, the total investment allotted to produce the new MPV amounted to IDR 5 trillion (about PhP 17.2B).
“When we undertook the IMV project in 2004, we decided that our Indonesian operations should play a core role in the project. I believe that our decision was not misplaced, as Toyota Indonesia has again and again proved their capability,” said Sudo.
The original Kijang was the first completely built unit (CBU) brought to Indonesia back in 1987. Today, the Innova is one of the company’s key export products, reaching on average 16,000 units exported annually in the past 5 years in select markets. These include: Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, Middle East and the Caribbean.
Karawang Plant 1 has been producing the Fortuner and Innova since 1998 and has averaged 130,000 units annually. In 2013, they opened Plant 2 which builds passenger cars like the Vios and Yaris. This factory averages 120,000 units per year.
On the first half of 2016, the facility will have a new engine plant. It will only manufacture passenger car engines and Toyota Indonesia expects the plant to produce 216,000 motors annually.
The 2016 Innova is expected to debut in the Philippines early next year and it will be produced at Toyota PH's plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.