JAKARTA -- An Indonesian unit of the world's second-biggest car maker, Toyota, has started exports of a popular model to Thailand and Brunei, the company said on Friday.
The car is part of a project by Toyota that aims to build vehicles for regions other than Japan and North America by drawing on Toyota's global resources.
PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia said in a statement it targeted exports of 10,000 units of Kijang Innova per year, which would include 7,000 units to Thailand.
Toyota said it has drawn orders of 46,000 for the new Kijang model, launched in September, in Indonesia, outstripping production so far.
It plans to start exports to Malaysia and the Philippines next year and the Middle East in 2006.
Indonesia's leading auto retailer, PT Astra International Tbk, through its unit PT Toyota Astra Motor, is the sole distributor of Toyota cars in the world's fourth most populous country.