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Toyota has closed the site of its first transplant birth-that is, the automaker's Port Melbourne, Australia plant where it assembled its first vehicles outside of Japan.

John Conomos, Toyota of Australia's executive chairman has announced that he will be retiring, effective June 23. The 63-year-old won't disappear from the company's offices entirely, however-- he will be taking a lesser role as chair emeritus and 'principal policy advisor.'