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.

In North America, Toyota builds the Avalon, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Sienna, Solara, Tacoma, Tundra and Lexus RX 350.

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.”