TOKYO — Toyota has told its suppliers in Japan to prepare for ramped-up production in 2012 and following years, signaling that the automaker is confident it's back on a growth track after being hit by massive recalls and the tsunami disaster.
Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco said Wednesday there was a meeting with suppliers earlier this week so they could be ready to increase production. He said the numbers were guidelines, not targets.
Citing unidentified Toyota officials, Kyodo News reported the plan for 2012 calls for production of 8.9 million vehicles — a record for Toyota — with 3.5 million vehicles produced in Japan and 5.4 million units overseas. Nolasco declined to confirm the numbers.
Toyota on Tuesday said that it planned to make 8.04 million vehicles around the world in 2011 and sell 7.9 million vehicles.
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The automaker had been targeting global sales of 10 million vehicles for 2009 when it got hit by the global financial crisis.