Torrance, California – Toyota has confirmed that its North American production has returned to 100 per cent, well ahead of initial expectations.
Shortly after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Toyota said it would not return to normal production levels until November or December 2011. In June, eight of the company’s 12 North American-built models returned to 100 per cent, including Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Highlander, Sienna, Sequoia and Venza.
The current announcement confirms full production of the Tacoma, Tundra, RAV4 and Lexus RX350. The 12 models together account for nearly 70 per cent of Toyota’s U.S. sales.
With Japan-based production also restored to normal levels, Toyota said it 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 per cent higher than forecast prior to the earthquake.