St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov took part in the ceremony.
Toyota has started manufacturing its new Toyota RAV4 model at the company’s facility in Shushary in St. Petersburg. The ceremony was attended by St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov, Consul General of Japan in St. Petersburg Yasumasa Iijima and Toyota Executive Vice President Moritaka Yoshida.
The Japanese giant has invested almost 5 billion rubles ($78.3 million) into modernizing its St. Petersburg factory to manufacture the new SUV model.
The company installed 133 new robots and more than a hundred of the so-called karakuri mechanisms that utilize natural physical phenomena without using energy consuming drives and electronic devices.
Alexander Beglov reminded that Toyota was the first foreign automotive manufacturer to come to St. Petersburg and remains the most active investor in the city.
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