Toyota said today that global production will begin to pick up as soon as July in Japan and August in North America, after an in-depth analysis of its suppliers affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Toyota said that all models will be back to normal production by November or December 2011.
“To all the customers who made the decision to buy a vehicle made by us, I sincerely apologize for the enormous delay in delivery,” said TMC President Akio Toyoda at a press conference in Japan today.
As of right now, manufacturing plants in Japan are working at 50 percent of capacity due to parts availability, while those in North America are operating at 30 percent of capacity due to parts supply situation. Toyota said that it plans to start procuring parts from the same suppliers, but it will even consider substitute parts from other suppliers.
TMC said there are approximately 150 parts affecting new-vehicle production, mainly electronic, rubber and paint-related. However, replacement parts for sales service and repair are available.
TMC also said it is continuing to do all it can to minimize the impact on employment..
“Our entire company is committed to solving the problems before us,” Toyoda said, “so that we can achieve production recovery even one day sooner.”
– By: Omar Rana