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Enhanced performance versions of Toyota vehicles will be produced under the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) banner at a new facility in Victoria.

Corporate manager TRD Greg Gardner said the TRD assembly operation would apply TRD-designed enhancements using predominantly locally supplied components.

Mr Gardner said the upcoming V6 Aurion large car would be the first vehicle to receive the TRD treatment. Other models will be added progressively.

The operation will be branded TRD, a name derived from Toyota Racing Development.

It will be operated and staffed by the globally renowned performance specialist Prodrive, totally independent of its other operations in Australia.

Mr Gardner said Prodrive’s involvement was an important part of the recipe for TRD success.

“Prodrive’s ability and commitment in the assembly of TRD enhancements is an important step in delivering quality vehicles,” Mr Gardner said.

“Toyota will draw on Prodrive’s vast experience and credibility in delivering performance vehicles for a range of manufacturers.

“Unlike other operations involving Prodrive, TRD will design, develop and hold the intellectual property to the TRD enhancements,” Mr Gardner said.

Staff recruitment will begin shortly and TRD will deliver its first vehicles in 2007.

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