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Toyota's U.S. output fell 14% in 2011

Toyota Motor Corporation unveiled the 2012 Camry at the plant in Georgetown on Aug. 23 last year. Production at the plant in 2011 was 315,239 vehicles, down 15.2 percent from the 371,694 in 2010.
Toyota Motor Corporation unveiled the 2012 Camry at the plant in Georgetown on Aug. 23 last year. Production at the plant in 2011 was 315,239 vehicles, down 15.2 percent from the 371,694 in 2010.

Toyota announced Friday that its North American vehicle production fell nearly 14 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year.

The drop came as the company was forced to idle assembly lines because of a shortage of parts originating from Japanese factories, which closed in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

The company's plants produced a total of 1,255,635 vehicles, down from 1,458,217 in 2010. The 2011 output puts the company slightly above its 2009 output of 1,232,813 that came amid the recession.

The company's highest domestic output was in pre-recession 2007 when its American factories built 1,671,009 vehicles.

Production at the company's flagship Georgetown plant was 315,239 vehicles, down 15.2 percent from 371,694 in 2010. The plant builds the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon and Venza.

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