As for the most of the automakers, 2015 also marked a record production for Toyota, with 2, 035,028 vehicles and 1,933,702 engines produced in North America.
It is for the first time when Toyota is building more than two million cars throughout a year in North America. Same as for the record US annual auto sales across the board, key drivers for company’s increased production include low fuel prices and a healthier economy. Strong customer demand for Corolla, Camry, RAV4 and Tacoma have also contributed to boosting the output, Toyota said. The largest automaker in the world by volume, Toyota marked some important milestones in 2015 on its US production locations.
At the Kentucky plant, it produced the first “US built” Lexus, after a 360 million-dollar investment that generated 750 new jobs, while its Texas facility began production of the all-new Tacoma in San Antonio. Other important steps from last year include the production of the 4 millionth vehicle in Indiana, the boosting of the V6 engine output and the building of its 4 millionth engine at Alabama, while the Mississippi factory rolled off its 500,000th Corolla.
Toyota produces 14 models in North America including: Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, RAV4, Scion iA, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Lexus RX 350, Lexus ES 350, Venza and Yaris; and directly employs nearly 40,000 in the region.
As for Toyota Motor 2015 sales in the US, the maker reported 238,350 units, an increase of 10.8 percent from December 2014 on a volume basis. For the year TMS sold 2,499,313 vehicles, up with 5.3 percent. Toyota Division posted December 2015 sales of 196,970 units, a 12.4 percent rise, and 2,154,712 cars for the whole year, a 4.5 percent increase. For the year, Lexus said it delivered with 10.7 percent more cars, up to 344,601 units.