Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America on Thursday said the company’s North American manufacturing facilities produced 1,553,790 vehicles and 1,428,662 engines in 2006.
Year-on-year, vehicle production was unchanged but engine production rose 10% to a new record level. The automaker is also working on new plant start-up and existing plant expansion plans that will increase vehicle capacity to 2m units by 2008, boosting output by 470,000 units a year in North America.
“This was a critical year for Toyota as we began production of the next generation Camry, the Camry Hybrid and commenced Tundra production in [a brand-new plant in San Antonio,] Texas,” said Seiichi Sudo, president and COO of TEMA.
“By 2008, Toyota’s vehicle capacity will grow 33% as we follow our philosophy to build vehicles where we sell them.”