Just heard that Diahatsu is saying goodbye to Australia

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 11:23
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Just caught it on the morning news. They are completely shutting up shop here and some employees will be moving to Toyota.

Not a great indicator as to the health of our car market I wouldn't have thought. The parent company in Japan stated that "Australia was no longer viable".

Any Terios, Rocky, Feroza, etc owners here? You may suddenly become Toyota Service customers.....
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 11:54

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 11:54
Our car market is very healthy, a record 1 million new suckers last year and this yrs forecast is 980,000 though some are saying 960,000 is more likely. If you can't get a fair market share at the moment then perhaps the product lineup or marketing is at fault...swim or sink.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 12:05

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 12:05
Sorry...I was being facetious....
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 12:23

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 12:23
The Rocky and Ferozas were/still are beasts. I had one of each as my previous two 4wds. My best mate still drives a wide track Frozie.
I'm sure Yoto will still supply the parts to places such as Daiparts so I don't see it as an issue for most people.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 12:27

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 12:27
Anyone know of a good F10 or F20 still around? I like the Rocky, but would dearly love a old F-series to play with. Stick a good modern engine in it and it will go for years. Very capable they were too - leaves front and back with good, solidly-engineered running gear and axles. A true 4WD in every sense.
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Reply By: Savvas - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 16:51

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 16:51
As a market for global companies, Australia is really tiny at only 20 million people.

There's a stack of brands not sold here and for some of these brands to setup shop, they need to be sure they are going to make money. If they don't make money ... then they won't stay.

Daihatsu has been imported to Australia by Toyota for quite a few years now. Toyota would have been party to the decision to pull the plug on them.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mungo Explorer (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 23:47

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 23:47
Daihatsu are a fully-owned subsidiary of Toyota. Can't see how it will make any difference to Daihatsu owners in practice.
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