Toyota Expects to Return to Full Strength by September in North America

Production levels will be back to 100% by then, automaker said.

Toyota expects its North American vehicle output to return to normal earlier than expected.

The automaker today said it anticipates vehicle production levels getting back to 100% in September, as it recovers from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that battered its supply chain.

Eight of the company's 12 North American-built models returned to 100% production on June 6, the automaker said.

Overall, Toyotas North American production has improved to more than 80% through August.

"After September, we will focus on making up lost production as much as possible," said Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America. "Our team members and suppliers here and in Japan have worked tirelessly to get us back to 100%, overcoming many challenges. The effort in Japan has been incredible, especially in the midst of such tragedy and devastation."

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