By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine
Addressing the Los Angeles Motor Press Guild at the Toyota U.S.A. Automobile Museum, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing executive vice president Steve St. Angelo has confirmed that the company’s North American production has returned to 100 percent, well ahead of initial expectations.
Immediately after the March disaster in northern Japan, Toyota predicted a return to normal production by November or December.
The company is still running to catch up with market demand. As Japan-based production also approaches normal levels, Toyota will focus on replenishing dealer inventories through overtime and Saturday shifts at certain plants. The company estimates production levels in the fourth quarter will be approximately 15 percent higher than forecasted prior to the earthquake and tsunami.
Additionally, the company confirmed that its Alabama engine plant will begin four-cylinder engine production this month. The Huntsville plant, which already builds six- and eight-cylinder engines, will build the four-cylinder for Camry, Highlander, RAV4, Venza and Sienna. Plans for another new plant in Mississippi remain on track with Corolla production scheduled to begin in October. The plant is hiring 2,000 workers.
St. Angelo said, “The recovery is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our North American team members, suppliers and business partners. All of us at Toyota greatly appreciate the patience and support of our customers and dealers, many of whom have made generous donations in support of the relief efforts in Japan.”
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