The CMI (Commercial Motor Industries) history spans more than 45 years. In 1963 CMI became the South Australian distributor for Toyota commercial vehicle. Between 1963 and 1988 some 40,000 new vehicles were handled by the company from its original Flinders Street premises.
In November 1988, CMI acquired the West Terrace Adelaide dealership for new Toyota cars. This resulted in the relocating of the Toyota commercial sales activities from Flinders Street to be merged with Toyota passenger vehicles on West Terrace.
In June 1997 CMI took over a further Toyota dealership at Christies Beach. This attractive dealership on Beach Road, adjacent to the Colonnades Shopping Centre was a strategic move for the business in an attempt to target the Southern district of Adelaide which was experiencing rapid growth at the time. Today, CMI Southside as it is known, services the needs of those living South of Adelaide for Toyota vehicles, parts, accessories and mechanical servicing.
In March 2000, CMI Toyota opened the first Toyota satellite service centre in South Australia. Known as CMI Eastside and located at 24 Nelson St, Stepney, this service location provides the latest diagnostic equipment and is staffed with highly trained Toyota technicians.
In February 2003 CMI Toyota opened a Technical Training Centre at CMI Eastside where applicant selected for the program undertake a special “fast-track” Toyota specific, certificate III in Automotive (mechanical-light vehicle) apprenticeship overseen by a Technical Training Manager.
Further expanding the CMI franchise was the acquisition of a third dealership in 2005. Operating from Port Road Cheltenham and now known as CMI Portside this dealership has provided customers living in the West and North of Adelaide with a convenient location for all their Toyota needs.
In early 2010 CMI Toyota unveiled its largest single investment to date – The new West Terrace dealership. The four story premises houses new vehicles sales, a 35 bay state of the art service centre plus the fleet sales and administration team.