Toyota lifts profit outlook to $22B
TOKYO: Toyota is seeing a nearly doubling of profit for the fiscal third quarter, and it lifted its annual profit projection through March to ¥2.4 trillion ($22 billion), a record high for the Japanese automaker. Toyota Motor Corp reported an October-December profit of ¥941.8 billion ($8.6 billion), up from ¥486.5 billion the same period the previous year. Quarterly sales rose 7.4 per cent to ¥7.6 trillion ($69.8 billion).
The company said it got a nearly ¥292 billion ($2.7 billion) boost from tax breaks under President Donald Trump's administration for the nine months through December.
Toyota, which makes the Prius hybrid, Camry sedan and Lexus luxury models, said it expects to sell 10.3 million vehicles globally in this fiscal year, ending in March. That is about the same as what the automaker sold globally in the 2017 calendar year. The fiscal year profit of ¥2.4 trillion, if achieved, will mark a 31 per cent jump from what it earned the previous fiscal year.
For the latest quarter, Toyota's vehicle sales lagged onyear in North America. But they grew in Japan, Europe and other parts of the world, such as South America and Africa, compared to a year earlier. Recently, Toyota picked as the site for its new US plant Huntsville, Alabama - already a hub for the region's aerospace industry. The plant is set to produce 300,000 vehicles per year, a combination of the Toyota Corolla compact car and a new small crossover SUV from Mazda. Production is targeted to begin by 2021.