Graeme Dove, owner and director of Seymour and Kilmore Toyota is a passionate yet humble man who has given back to the community in spades. At Kilmore and Seymour Toyota he leads a team of 70 people, most of whom live locally.
The business, which is an independent franchise of Toyota, moved into new buildings in March 2016.
“We are planning for the future,” Graeme says.
“Not only is the population set to almost double in Kilmore, but there is enormous change happening in the automotive industry.”
From shared to driverless cars, and new forms of energy such as hydrogen fuel cells and electricity, Graeme is keenly aware of technological advancements and how they may affect the town.
“Fossil fuels definitely have an end life,” Graeme says. “There will be a big difference between urban and rural transport.” For example, we won’t have as many driverless cars as in the city, but people will share cars like a community resource.” Graeme also says that as Melbourne’s population grows, companies like Uber may store their vehicles in places close to the city, to manage fluctuating demand.
Overall, Graeme is positive about the future. “Diesel is already being phased out,” he says.
“The future, automotive-wise, is environmentally-friendly.”