Some Toyota models have a lengthy waiting list, namely the Fortuner and Hilux. There are times where you have to wait months before you get your hands on it. But with Toyota's latest announcement, those waiting times will be shortened soon.

That's because the automaker announced that its new Batangas Vehicle Logistics Hub for imported vehicles. Toyota Motor Philippines says it will operate in the fourth quarter of this year.

The PHP 4.5-billion facility is a 32-hectare zone near the Batangas Port, the country's gateway for imported vehicles. The up and coming logistic hub will be used for pre-delivery inspection and post-production installation of units and have a capacity of 160,000 units per year. The facility will also have a stockyard capable of accomodating at least 4,500 at a time.

According to the company, the new Batangas Vehicle Logistics Hub will have an 18-truck lane covered car carrier loading and unloading area, similar to its Santa Rosa Logistics Center. This will ensure the safety and health of its team members, enabling them to operate in any weather condition. As advocates of the environment, six hectares of the property will be used as a green area.

“TMP remains committed to supporting the goal of the government to stimulate the economy and to prepare for the eventual resumption of motorization in the country. The auto industry is a key driver of economic activity and an essential part of the drive to increase mobility. At the heart of the Batangas Vehicle Logistics Hub is our promise of making ever-better cars for our customers. Preserving the quality of our vehicles, from production in various plants all over the world to delivery dealers and customers, efficient logistics is necessary,” said TMP president Atsuhiro Okamoto.

In the past years, Honda, then followed by Nissan, closed their local manufacturing hub citing high costs. As a result of the closures, numerous workers from the facilities were displaced. TMP's new logistic hub may not be a local production plant, but it will help create much-needed jobs in the automotive industry that will help revitalize the country's economy.