Toyota’s global vehicle production has recovered to pre-tsunami levels as of last month, Japan’s top automaker said Thursday.
Toyota officials are reported to have acknowledged that the OEM can now build all of its vehicles to customer orders around the world as full supply of parts has been reestablished.
The March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan disrupted production at Toyota and other carmakers because parts suppliers suffered damage.
The stoppage soon moved it’s way out of Japan, impacting operations in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. Weeks after the event, Toyota began to bring plants slowly back online, but Toyota initially believed that full production wouldn’t resume until November or December.
Toyota, which was the world’s biggest car maker in annual vehicle sales last year, sank to number 3 in the first half of this year, trailing US rival General Motors and Volkswagen of Germany.
However, despite the announcement, some popular models are likely to remain delayed while inventories are rebuilt.