First Kazakhstan-Made Toyota to Be a Fortuner [Update]

The auto industry is starting to grow in Kazakhstan and soon there will be Toyota models built there for the local market.
Facelifted Toyota Fortuner 1 photo
Photo: Toyota
According to TengriNews, the first Kazakhstan-made Toyota will be the Fortuner, which will enter production in spring 2014.

The off-roader will be manufactured by the CKD method, which includes welding and painting the vehicles’ bodies on site and requires a full-scale production line.

The Toyota Fortuner will be produced at the Saray-Arka Avtoprom facility in Kostanay, with a plan of 30,000 per year.

It’s too early to tell if the Kazakhstan-spec Fortuner will be different, but the current one is offered in two engine setups - a 2.7-liter gasoline and 2.5-liter diesel units along with a five-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearboxes.

Update: It appears that we were a bit misinformed, as this piece of information dates back from February 12.
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