ERLANGER, Ky. (January 20, 2012) – Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) announced today North American vehicle production for 2011. TEMA built 1,255,635 vehicles and 1,141,466 engines. Production fell approximately 15.2 percent last year due in part to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami last year that disrupted the supply chain for the Kentucky plant.
“Despite a challenging year due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that caused limited parts availability, Toyota’s team members and supplying partners were able to ramp up production ahead of schedule,” stated Shigeki Terashi, president and COO of TEMA. “This kind of commitment and customer-first spirit will set the stage for growth over the course of the year.”
Toyota produces 12 models in North America: Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Lexus RX350 and Venza.
In 2011, the following projects were completed:
• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia completed an expansion resulting in increased 6 speed automatic transmission production bringing the plant’s total employment to approximately 1,100.
• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama began 4-cylinder engine production in the fall, resulting in 240 new jobs.
• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi began Corolla production in the fall, adding 2,000 jobs.
In 2012, Toyota will:
• Build its 25 millionth vehicle in North America.
• Begin production of the EV RAV4 at its Woodstock, Ontario facility.
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