Output at Toyota’s Russian assembly plant in St Petersburg rose to 28,441 cars in 2012 from about 14,000 units in 2011, the company said.

“In 2012, the plant started manufacturing new Toyota Camrys modified with a two-litre petrol engine. The local facility also started to export Camrys to Kazakhstan,” an official told Prime News.

Toyota expects to sell about 172,000 cars under its own brand, up 12.4%, and 18,000 Lexus cars, up 14.7%, in Russia in 2013.