A ram­bling Triumph

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Toy­ota’s lo­cal-pro­duc­tion demise ac­tu­ally ends 91 years of con­tin­u­ous man­u­fac­tur­ing ( equalling Ford’s to­tal) from a Mel­bourne-based or­gan­i­sa­tion that started out as­sem­bling Tal­bots in 1926 (the same year Gen­eral Mo­tors be­gan build­ing here), be­fore mov­ing on to Stan­dards, Van­guards and Tri­umphs un­der a joint ven­ture with the Brits dur­ing the 1930s.

The move to greater diver­si­fi­ca­tion in the post-war pe­riod re­sulted in the for­ma­tion of Aus­tralian Mo­tor In­dus­tries (AMI) in 1958, adding Mercedes-benz ( briefly) to the Port Mel­bourne ros­ter, as well as Amer­i­can Mo­tors’ Ram­bler and – from 1963 – Toy­ota. The Ja­panese brand flour­ished partly due to AMI’S vast dealer net­work.

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