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Toyota to boost north American production earlier than expected

05-12-2011 09:16 BJT

TORONTO, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) will boost production earlier than expected following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, announced Toyota Canada on Wednesday.

Beginning in June, overall North American production will reach approximately 70 percent of normal levels, up from approximately 30 percent in May, according to a news release issued by the company.

The improvement in parts availability from Japan is the result of countermeasure activities implemented by affected suppliers. Models returning to 100 percent production in June are Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, Sequoia, Sienna, and Venza.

In Canada, the Corolla, Matrix and RX are all achieving production gains earlier than previously projected. The Corolla and Matrix line will return to 100 percent production. Meanwhile, Lexus RX 350 production will increase to 60 percent. RAV4 production will be 25 percent of normal levels.

In Canada, the Toyota Corolla and Lexus RX 350 are the top- selling vehicles in their respective brands.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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