For the first time since Tundras started rolling off a San Antonio production line in 2006, the Toyota plant is scheduled to build trucks on Saturdays.
The world’s largest automaker announced Monday that it will start Saturday production for the next two months at its San Antonio plant this weekend because of a shortage of Tundras at dealerships.
Bob Carter, general manager of Toyota Division, said, “We see a turnaround coming.” The company will therefore increase North American production by 65,000 units over the previous plan for the three-month period. Toyota will increase the production of six of its most popular models: the Camry, Corolla, Sienna, RAV4, Tacoma, and Tundra.
Monday’s announcement comes nearly one year after Toyota reopened the San Antonio plant after a three-month shutdown caused by too many Tundras at dealerships. A Toyota spokeswoman said the plant now is on pace to produce about 100,000 Tundras annually, up from the 80,000 the automaker had previously projected for the year.
The Texas plant will also begin to build Tacoma trucks in July 2010. Toyota has decided to close a plant in California, known as NUMMI — the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc — which was a joint venture with General Motors Co.