St. Petersburg Toyota will start the production of RAV4 crossover in August

St. Petersburg Toyota will start the production of RAV4 crossover in August

RusAutoNews.Com – St. Petersburg Toyota plant will start the production of Toyota RAV4 crossover in August, which will become the second model on the production line of the facility.

The annual production capacity of the factory has been doubled at the end of 2015, from 50,000 vehicles to 100,000. The shop areas have been enlarged, production lines expanded and all shops have been installed with new equipments, including the robotic body welding line, as well as the equipments needed to enhance automation at assembly and stamping lines.

The amount of investment in the expansion of the production capacity and preparations for the launching of Toyota RAV4 has already reached 7.1 billion rubles. The total investment in the facility amounted to 18.2 billion rubles.

RAV4 will be put on Russian, Belarusian and Kazakh markets. The relevant statement has been made by the press office of Toyota Motor in St. Petersburg to TASS.

“Toyota plant manufactures Toyota Camry for the markets of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. The production of a second model – Toyota RAV4 will start at the facility in 2016. RAV4 will be manufactured for the same markets as Camry: Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus” stated the company press office.

As published by Autostat previously, Toyota St. Petersburg has manufactured 32,882 Toyota Camry vehicles in 2015, which indicates a 10.2% year-on-year decline. All Camry vehicles sold by Russian dealer networks are manufactured locally. 30,315 Toyota Camry have been sold in Russia in 2015, down by 11.7% in comparison with the previous year’s figure. According to Toyota Motor, Toyota Camry remains the best-sold business-class sedan in Russian market, having 35.7% share of the D/E segment. In addition, Toyota St. Petersburg plant has shipped 2063 Toyota Camry to Kazakhstan in 2015 (-33.1%) and 259 to Belarus (+15.6%).