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According to a statement issued by Toyota, North American production is expected to reach full capacity by September.
At present, since the first week of June, eight of Toyota’s 12 North American plants are now running at 100 percent capacity and the progress so far means that it’s likely full production will resume quicker than originally thought.
Reflecting the somewhat buoyant mood at Toyota, Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing North America, said “our team members and suppliers here and in Japan have worked tirelessly to get us back to 100 percent, overcoming many challenges. The effort in Japan has been incredible, especially in the midst of such tragedy and devastation.”
He also stated that ” after September we will focus on making up lost production as much as possible.”
His sentiments were echoed by Bob Carter, group vice president and division general manger, Toyota Motor Sales USA.
“Thanks to the efforts [of our manufacturing team members], our dealers have a healthy supply of cars and trucks available to sell, with more arriving every day, along with competitive lease and APR programs for our customers.”
Seems like, after months of taking it on the chin amid recalls, quality issues, falling market share and production issues, Toyota; finally has something to celebrate.