Toyota has begun exporting Portuguese-built Dyna trucks to the rest of Europe.
The medium-duty trucks are built by Portuguese assembler Salvador Caetano, which also serves as Toyota's private importer in the country.
The exports started this month. Previously, Dynas assembled by Caetano were sold only in Portugal.
Toyota plans to boost Dyna output from 1,795 units last year to 2,900 in 2003. Of the total 1,400 will be exported.
Production at the plant in Ovar, which is located 30km south of Oporto, is planned to rise to 3,600 units in 2004.
France is the first European country to receive Dynas from Portugal. Starting in November, trucks will be exported to the UK, Ireland, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden.
In 2004, Toyota will begin exporting Dynas to Italy and Spain.
The Caetano plant began operations in 1968. Last year, Caetano assembled 1,666 units of the Toyota Hiace van. In addition, 1,722 Hilux pick-ups were converted for Portuguese market specifications to reduce local taxes.
The plant also assembles Optimo small buses, using bodies built by Caetano and chassis sourced from the bus maker Coaster.