Toyota 2013 Vehicle Production Sets All-Time Mark
Toyota announced that the best-selling car in all of America, the Toyota Camry, easily surpassed 2012 production volume in 2013 as the automaker built 1,857,695 new vehicles and 1,715,709 new engines. This figures to be a five percent increase over 2012’s new vehicle manufacturing figures and a three percent jump from the 2012 engine-making results gathered from 14 North American manufacturing facilities. Toyota 2013 vehicle production increased significantly as sales rose and the auto industry on the whole enjoyed a glorious comeback year.
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“Production is a direct reflection of a growing market and our focus on building cars and trucks that exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Osamu “Simon” Nagata, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc, in a statement. “As we look at 2014 and beyond we’ll continue to deliver products with the highest safety, quality, design and value.”
Because of increased production, Toyota raised capacity—and jobs—at numerous facilities in North America during 2013. These include increasing Highlander production at the Indiana plant by 50,000, boosting four-cylinder engine production by over 100,000 at the Kentucky plant, and increasing annual RAV4 capacity at the Woodstock, Ontario facility to 200,000 vehicles. All told, this created 880 new jobs.
Ahead of Toyota in 2014 are plans to further increase Indiana’s Highlander capacity by another 15,000 units, raise V6 production in Alabama by more than 215,000 units, begin building approximately 30,000 Lexus RX350 gas and hybrid vehicles annually at the Cambridge, Ontario plant, and add 240,000 six-speed automatic transmission capacity to the West Virginia plant.
Toyota 2013 vehicle production was up nearly entirely across the board; highlights include the Avalon nearly doubling its manufacturing tally and increasing Avalon Hybrid production tenfold, 10,000-plus increases for the Tundra, and the most Camry models ever built.