“Rebuilding Better Together”: 5 Pics Showing Toyota SA's Plant’s Amazing Transformation After Flood Damage

“Rebuilding Better Together”: 5 Pics Showing Toyota SA's Plant’s Amazing Transformation After Flood Damage

Toyota South Africa Motors officially reopened all its production lines at its Prospecton Plant on Wednesday August 17 after being damaged by floods in April 2022. The entire 87 hectare facility was affected by the heavy rains that filled the Ntshongweni Dam and saw it empty into the South Basin after the dam's walls opened. The Prospecton Plant produces Corolla Cross and Quest, Hilux, Hiace Ses’fikile, Fortuner and Corolla Quest.

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Toyota South Africa Motors President and CEO Andrew Kirby addressed the media at the reopening of the company's plant in KwaZulu-Natal. Image: MotorPress
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Briefly News Car & Tech Editor Sean Parker was at the announcement of the reopening ceremony. Along with other motoring media he had the opportunity to do a guided walkabout with several managers of the plant.

According to Motorpress, President and CEO of TSAM, Andrew Kirby said:

"We communicated with Japan (Toyota Motor Corporation) on the night of the 12th April; I very quickly got a message back of support and an offer from them to do whatever they could to help."

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1. Hilux production line

The carmaker's best-selling bakkie, the Hilux, is seen on its production line at its plant that was damaged by the floods.

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"Rebuilding better together": 5 pics showing Toyota's SA Plant amazing transformation after flood damage
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2. Corolla Cross

According to Toyota, the Corolla Cross SUV is priced from R360 400 and is powered by a 1.8-litre engine mated to a CVT.

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"Rebuilding better together": 5 pics showing Toyota's SA Plant amazing transformation after flood damage
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3. Media on their walkabout

Motoring media on their tour through the facility that was severely impacted by floods in April of this year. The plant was offline for close to three months as the cleanup operation took place.

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"Rebuilding better together": 5 pics showing Toyota's SA Plant amazing transformation after flood damage
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4. 4000 vehicles were damaged by the floods

The costliest damage was to robots and machinery in the plant, with further damage done to 4 000 vehicles on the plant's premises.

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"Rebuilding better together": 5 pics showing Toyota's SA Plant amazing transformation after flood damage
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5. Toyota's head office gave their support

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Kirby says the support from Toyota Motor Corporation was exceptional and they immediately sent experts to South Africa and sent replacement parts from all over the world.

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"Rebuilding better together": 5 pics showing Toyota's SA Plant amazing transformation after flood damage
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Toyota South Africa gives locally-built Corolla Cross GR-S tweaks

Briefly News reported that Toyota had rolled a new derivative off its production line in Durban: the Corolla Cross GR-S.

The GR-S Corolla Cross is priced at R453 200 and is available with a six-year or 90 000km service plan as standard.

The GR-S denomination offers buyers a sportier-looking vehicle by a trio of two-tone colour options with black-roof, black 18-inch wheels, GR badging and interior touches. Under the skin, Toyota has tweaked the SUV's suspension componentry and power steering module (EPS).

The power is from a naturally-aspirated 1.8-litre petrol engine, mated to a CVT transmission.

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Sean Parker Sean Parker is a motoring journalist with over 10 years' experience, who started out in the industry as the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists' Bursar student. Since then, the Cape Town-born editor has gone on to launch a national newspaper called Gears and Gadgets and worked for the country's premier online and print motoring publications before joining Briefly News to head up its Car & Tech section. He enjoys watching live sport and can't wait for F1 to make its debut in Mzansi.

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