Toyota sets record for North American vehicle production in 2013

jpatton1@herald-leader.comJanuary 10, 2014 

Camrys moved off the assembly line in Georgetown in April as Toyota announced it would be readying for production of the Lexus ES 350 beginning in 2015.

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Toyota set a company record for vehicle production in North America in 2013.

Toyota built 1,857,695 vehicles, a 5 percent increase over 2012, according to the company, and 1,715,709 engines, a 3 percent increase, at its 14 manufacturing plants in North America.

"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. "As we look at 2014 and beyond, we'll continue to deliver products with the highest safety, quality, design and value."

Among the highlights, the Georgetown plant increased 4-cylinder engine production (which includes hybrid engines) by more than 100,000.

Overall, Georgetown increased production of vehicles from 462,080 in 2012 to 504,213 in 2013.

Production of the Avalon rose from 40,337 to 79,780, of the Avalon hybrid from 2,105 to 20,226, and of the Camry from 300,186 to 302,499.

But production of the Camry hybrid fell from 59,646 to 46,471 and of the Venza from 59,806 to 55,237.

This week, Toyota's Georgetown plant began an expansion that is projected to add 750 jobs to build 50,000 Lexus ES 350s annually.

Over the past 26 months, Toyota has announced new investment of $2.1 billion into its North American manufacturing operations and has committed to boosting employment by 4,000 at its plants.

Janet Patton: (859) 231-3264. Twitter: @janetpattonhl.

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