Toyota Opens Orlando Office for Marine Activities
May 28, 1997 - Torrance, CA - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. today announced it opened a national sales office in Orlando, Fla., for its new marine operations. The office, headed by TMS National Marketing and Sales Manager Glenn Sandridge, will handle all of Toyota’s marine business sales, marketing, dealer development, parts and service training and administration. Toyota will offer a high-performance boat, powered by Toyota’s all-new 1UZ 4.0 liter V8 engine, in the summer of 1998. The tournament class, direct-drive boat will be designed and manufactured in the United States, although exact locations have not been determined. "With Toyota’s dedication to quality and the new high-performance 1UZ 4.0 liter V8 engine, we’re confident that Toyota can be competitive in the marine industry," said Doug Plescia, vice president and general manager of Toyota’s marine activities. "As the water-skiing capital of the world, Orlando was a logical base for our marine operations."