Toy­ota sets North Amer­i­can pro­duc­tion record

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

In 2016, Toy­ota achieved an­other record year of North Amer­i­can ve­hi­cle pro­duc­tion with 2,124,608 ve­hi­cles built at its North Amer­i­can ve­hi­cle assem­bly plants.

Pro­duc­tion vol­ume was up 4.4 per cent over the pre­vi­ous year to­tal of 2,035,028 ve­hi­cles.

Toy­ota’s to­tal ve­hi­cle pro­duc­tion in North Amer­ica since 1986 has reached more than 30 mil­lion.

Key drivers of this year’s in­creased pro­duc­tion in­clude low fuel prices, con­tin­ued sta­bil­ity in the over­all econ­omy and strong cus­tomer de­mand for trucks and SUVs.

“Our suc­cess is driven by the tal­ent and ded­i­ca­tion of the men and women who man­u­fac­ture our prod­ucts here in the U.S.,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toy­ota Mo­tor North Amer­ica (TMNA).

“Ev­ery part and ev­ery ve­hi­cle that rolls off the line re­flects our com­mit­ment to safety, qual­ity, value, and, above all, our pas­sion for ex­ceed­ing cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Toy­ota marked mile­stone an­niver­saries in 2016 for the fol­low­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties: • Cam­bridge, On­tario - 30 years • Ge­orge­town, Ken­tucky - 30 years • Prince­ton, In­di­ana - 20 years • Buf­falo, West Vir­ginia - 20 years • Huntsville, Alabama - 15 years The com­pany also broke ground for its 15th, state-of-the-art man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Apaseo el Grande, Gua­na­ju­ato in Novem­ber; the new plant is sched­uled to be­gin Corolla pro­duc­tion in 2019.

Toy­ota pro­duces 13 mod­els in North Amer­ica in­clud­ing: Avalon, Camry, Corolla, High­lander, RAV4, Se­quoia, Si­enna, Ta­coma, Tun­dra, Lexus RX 350, Lexus ES 350, Yaris and Yaris iA.

Toy­ota di­rectly em­ploys more than 44,000 peo­ple.

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