Toyota’s North American production officially returns to 100%

Toyota says that its North American production has now returned to 100 percent following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which hurt that company’s output.

“In June, eight of the company’s 12 North American built models returned to 100 percent, including Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Highlander, Sienna, Sequoia and Venza,” Toyota said in a statement. “Today’s announcement confirms 100 percent production of the remaining four vehicles, including Tacoma, Tundra, RAV4 and Lexus RX 350. Together, the 12 models account for nearly 70 percent of Toyota’s U.S. sales.”

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Toyota said that with Japan-based production also at normal levels, the Japanese automaker will now focus on replenishing dealer inventories through overtime and Saturday shifts at certain plants.

Commenting on the announcement, 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.”

“Looking ahead, we’re excited about our extensive product launch schedule over the coming months, including the all-new 2012 Camry and Camry Hybrid,” said Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing Executive Vice President Steve St. Angelo. “I have no doubt that our team continues to be focused on building the highest quality vehicles for our customers.”

– By: Omar Rana