North American Toyota production expected to reach 100 per cent in September

Parts recovery is earlier than anticipated

TORONTO, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - North American vehicle production levels are expected to return to 100 percent in September, Toyota said today.  Production is recovering earlier than originally anticipated following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

On average, current production has improved to more than 80 percent through August.  Eight of the company's 12 North American-built models returned to 100 percent production on June 6.

"We applaud the many, many team members and suppliers who have worked tirelessly to help get us back to 100 per cent production volume," said Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada President, Brian Krinock.  "Considering the devastation in Japan, we are very appreciative of the incredible effort required to make this happen. Over the next months, we will focus on recovering as much production as possible at TMMC."

"Toyota's manufacturing team members in North America and around the world are the best in the business," said Tony Wearing, Managing Director, Toyota Canada, Inc.  "Their efforts mean that Canadian customers can shop with confidence because our dealerships have vehicles with more arriving daily," added Wearing "During our Big Selection Big Savings promotion, customers also have the benefit of aggressive cash and incentives offers."

TMMC produces the Toyota Corolla, Matrix, and RAV4 and the Lexus RX350. The Lexus RX350 and Toyota RAV4 will ramp up to 100 per cent production in September from their current 60 per cent and 25 per cent levels.  The Corolla/Matrix line returned to 100 per cent production on June 6.

About Toyota in Canada
Toyota employs over 18,000 team members and associates at its Canadian operations including Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI), Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC), and Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc. (CAPTIN).

For more details, including a full list of media contacts, digital images and product details please visit media.toyota.ca.

SOURCE Toyota Canada Inc.

For further information:

Greig Mordue
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
(519) 241-8355
greig.mordue@tmmc.ca

Mike Goss
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America
(859) 746-6676
mike.goss@tema.toyota.com


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