Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA) announced today North American vehicles production for 2011. TEMA build 1,255,635 vehicles and 1,141,466 engines.
“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. This kind of commitment and customer-first spirit will set the stage for growth over the course of the year,” said Shigeki Terashi, president and COO of TEMA.“
Toyota produces 12 models in North America: Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Lexus RX350 and Venza. Toyota’s achievements in 2011 include the expansion of its West Virginia plant resulting in increased 6 speed automatic transmission production bringing the facility’s total employment to approximately 1,100. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama began 4-cylinder engine production in the fall, resulting in 240 new jobs, while 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 and begin production of the EV RAV4 at its Woodstock, Ontario facility.