Toyota Returns to Full Output in North America

Toyota really wants to show that it has already managed to put all of its past problems behind it, and while the massive recalls are still lingering, it’s the lack of supply that’s really hurting them right now.
This week, Toyota Motor Corp will resume full production at its North American facilities, in addition to expanding output of small engines that will be the backbone of its eco efforts.

According to Bloomberg, Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president for North American engineering and manufacturing, said that “all plants and suppliers in North America are at full speed, and most are working overtime,” at a conference in California. “Our parts problems are now behind us,” he added.

The Big T will hire 240 new workers in at its plant in Huntsville, Alabama, where it wants to make four-cylinder engines. The facility already makes six- and eight-cylinder engines and will start rolling out the small new units this month.

The Japanese automaker has really been struggling to keep up with demand and keep stockpiles of cars, especially the Prius, after a massive earthquake in March tore through infrastructure and affected production capabilities. Last month, the who US automotive industry rose a bit over 10 percent, according to Bloomberg, but Toyota delivered 7.8 percent less cars than a year ago.

Yesterday, we told you that they’ve been able to cut costs with the new Camry by reusing old robots from a JV with General Motors.


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