Thai Floods: Toyota’s North American Production almost at normal levels image

Toyota Motor Co., on Thursday said its North American plants will continue operating on a normal production schedule, with planned overtime and Saturday production.

The Japanese automaker does not anticipate any further North American production issues due to the flooding in Thailand.

“Toyota will continue to monitor the situation closely, but anticipates no further announcements on this issue in North America. “, the company said in a statement.

U.S. inventories continue to improve, with dealer stock increasing by 30,000 units in the month of November, and a good supply of vehicles available.

Toyota thanks its customers, dealers and suppliers for their patience and cooperation throughout the recovery process.

Flooding this year has affected 64 of Thailand’s 77 provinces, damaging World Heritage-listed temples in Ayutthaya, destroying 15 percent of the nation’s rice crop and flooding the homes of almost 19 percent of the country’s 67 million people, according to government data.

Toyota Motor Corp.’s domestic output for 2011 will likely fall short of 3 million vehicles due to production disruptions after the March 11 disaster and flooding in Thailand, the Asahi Shimbun reported Thursday.