A Timeline of Asco Motors

1890 

Burns Philip commenced operations in the South Pacific.

1920 

Burns Philip (South Sea) limited established it registered office at the corner of Rodwell Road & Prince St in Suva.

1930 

Burns Philip erected the building on Rodwell Road that became a landmark tourists & residents alike.

1944 

Burns Philip established staff Provident Fund for staff retirement.

1963 

Tiara Passenger vehicle the first Toyota unit shipped to Fiji Islands.

1964

Automotive Supplies Company Limited, a franchise of Burns Philip began operations in Nasoki St, Lautoka in March. Suva Operations began in July of the same year.

1965

124 Toyota units shipping from Japan to Fiji including Land Cruisers, FA Trucks, Toyoace, Crown and Dyna models.

1970

Fiji Independence was granted from the United Kingdom.

1973 

Automotive Supplies Company Limited operations moved from Lautoka to Raiwaqa.

1977 

Development of new Motor Spare Parts Centre in Walu bay.

1980 

Showroom, spare parts & service opened at Walu Bay.

1981

Record number of Toyota sales in 1981 with 1,634 units sold.

1983

Cyclone Oscar hits Fiji causing over $USD 70 million in damage.

1989 

Company registered under trading name Asco Motors.

Redevelopment of the Lautoka branch.

1991

Introduction of the very popular Land Cruiser 80 Series.

1993 

Burns Philip and Toyota Tsusho Corporation enter into equal share joint venture.

1994 

Opening of the current Suva showroom & office complex in Nabua.

1995 

Opening of Toyota Training Centre in Nabua.

1996

The Nadi Branch and surrounding complex is opened for business.

1998 

Toyota Tshusho Corporation (Japan) purchased the remaining 50% shares of TTSPH from Burns Philip.

1999

 Introduction of Prado, Camry and Rav4 models to the Fijian market.

2000

Introduction of the popular Toyota Echo model (predicessor to the Yaris) introduced to Fiji.

2002

Introduction and launch of the Australian made Toyota Camry into the Fijian market.

 2005

The 7th generation Toyota Hilux utility is launched in the South Pacific.

2009 

Renovation of Fixed Operations Customer Centre in Nabua completed.

2010

Asco Motors launch the Yamaha Centre at the Suva Yacht Club.

2012

Yamaha Centre at the Suva Yacht club closes after 2 years of fine trading from this location. 2012 also sees Fiji hit by

the worst flooding in Fiji history prompting authorities to declare a natural state of disaster for the island of Viti Levu.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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