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Toyota to return to full production in North America in September

ERLANGER, Ky. (AP) - Toyota said Thursday it expects to return
to full North American production in September, faster than it
expected following parts shortages stemming from the March
earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Toyota Motor Corp. said its North American production is
currently at 80 percent on average. Eight of its 12 North
American-built models returned to full production on June 6, the
automaker said.
The March 11 earthquake and tsunami damaged auto parts plants in
northeastern Japan and cut power to others, interrupting the supply
of car and truck parts to carmakers across the world.
Toyota, along with Honda Motor Co., was one of the hardest hit.
It cut production to about 30 percent of normal in May by idling
factories for several days or reducing their hours. It warned
dealers to expect shortages of some models well into the summer.
Toyota has resumed full production of the Avalon large car,
Camry midsize car, Corolla compact, Highlander SUV, Matrix small
car, Sequoia large SUV, Sienna minivan and Venza crossover vehicle,
the company said.
The Lexus RX350 SUV, Toyota RAV4 small crossover and Tundra and
Tacoma pickups are not expected to return to full production in
June.
The automaker will focus on making up as much lost production as
possible after September, said Steve St. Angelo, executive vice
president of Toyota's North American manufacturing, said in a
statement.
The automaker has 13 factories in North America that employ
25,000 people. Toyota has said it will not lay off any workers.

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