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Toyota In Australia
In 1958, Sir Leslie Thiess was the first person to import the Toyota LandCruiser to Australia. He put 13 of the cars to use on the Snowy Mountains Scheme, and over the next 20 years the 4WDs were used on a range of mining and construction projects, including the massive Mt Newman Mine in Western Australia. In February 1961, Thiess (Sales) Pty Ltd was appointed sole importer of Toyota automotive products for Australia and Papua New Guinea. Shortly afterwards, Thiess began to import Toyota sedans and utilities to supplement the LandCruisers.