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Toyota Production Returning to Full Capacity

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It's been three months since the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami that crippled production of goods from Japan, and according to Toyota, it will be another three months before production for the North American market achieves full capacity.

The automaker recently announced that while eight of its 12 North American factories returned to full capacity on June 6, the remaining four wouldn't reach 100 percent until September. That's better than expected; Toyota had previously given a December timeline.

"Our team members and suppliers here and in Japan have worked tirelessly to get us back to 100 percent, overcoming many challenges," said Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America. " The effort in Japan has been incredible, especially in the midst of such tragedy and devastation."

While the automaker hasn't elaborated on which car lines are operating at full capacity, it has said that total North American production will reach more than 80 percent of capacity by August. When production does make a full recovery in September, Toyota says it will focus on making up for lost time, increasing capacity wherever possible.

"The rapid production recovery proves once again that Toyota's manufacturing team members in North America and around the world are the best in the business," said Bob Carter, Toyota Motor Sales USA's group vice president and Toyota Division general manager. "Thanks to their efforts, our dealers have a healthy supply of cars and trucks available to sell, with more arriving every day."

While North American production represents a significant portion of Toyota's US sales, the automaker also sources several models from Japan, including the compact Yaris and popular Prius hybrid. Toyota has not announced when production for its Japanese-built models will return to full capacity.

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