The Australian car-manufacturing industry's dominoes have started to fall and only quick action by the federal government can stop them.
Ford has already announced plans to quit as a local producer, Holden's future remains in serious doubt and now Toyota has revealed the pressure growing on its manufacturing operations.
The company said on Tuesday it must cut the cost of building each car in Australia by $3800 by 2018, essentially confirming widely-held views that it has been losing money on local production.
It doesn't look good for Australia's future as a car-building country.
If the makers shut down, local component suppliers face a similar fate. Many would struggle to secure the necessary export sales or to successfully diversify their operations to continue.
About 40,000 jobs are at risk.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill was forthright recently in his assessment of Australia's auto future.
He says if Holden shuts, so will Toyota - and with them component production.
Mr Weatherill believes only ongoing government support can save a vital part of the country's wider manufacturing sector.
Unions are also calling for assistance to be maintained and the federal Labor opposition is urging the new government to back the car makers.
The ruling coalition is so far sticking with its pre-election policy to cut $500 million from total industry assistance and subject the sector to a review by the productivity commission, which is unlikely to come down on the side of ongoing financial support.
But the government won't want the car industry to fall over early on its watch, and Ian Macfarlane has already visited Holden, Ford and Toyota in his first three weeks as industry minister.
He says he doesn't have a big bag of cash, but has pledged to do whatever he can.
What he needs to do above all else is hurry. Decisions on the future of Toyota, including approval for the next generation of locally-built cars, will be made within the next 12 months.
Things are even more urgent for Holden, which needs to know where it stands by the end of this year so it can start planning for the cars it would like to build from 2016.What the government must appreciate is that those decisions will ultimately be made by parent companies in Tokyo and Detroit, where senior officials won't have much sentimentality for Australia's long-standing history as a car-manufacturing nation.