Engineers and key staff in the Camry Hybrid project were sent to Toyota plants in Japan, Thailand, and the US during the development of the locally-built Camry Hybrid . [FIMG=RIGHT]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Austrailian_Camry_Hybrid_Plant_Startup.jpg[/FIMG]Sean Welch - CleanMPG - Aug. 31, 2009 Australia President and CEO Max Yasuda (left), Victorian Premier John Brumby (center) and Federal Industry Minister Kim Carr (right) pushed the Start button together for this historic occasion. An excellent vehicle which should sell in good numbers. Following the unveiling of the Hybrid Camry Concept at the Melbourne Motor Show earlier this year, pilot production of the Hybrid Camry has begun at Toyota’s Altona assembly plant in Victoria today. Toyota today marked the official start of pilot production of the ultra fuel-efficient Hybrid Camry with a ceremony at the company's Altona manufacturing plant. They pushed a "power" button to officially commence pilot production – building a small number of cars to test manufacturing processes, parts and assembly methods. Full-scale production is due to begin in December and Hybrid Camry will go on sale around Australia from February next year. Premier Brumby said the Hybrid Camry is a major achievement that will boost the future of Victorian car manufacturing. Senator Carr said it makes perfect economic and environmental sense to support technology, such as Toyota's Hybrid Camry, that delivers significant gains right here and right now. Mr Yasuda said introducing hybrid technology in Toyota's local manufacturing is one of the most significant developments in the company's 50-year history in Australia. He said it has the potential to change the automotive landscape forever.