CHICAGO Toyota Motor
Corp. is projecting vehicle sales in North America will rise
25.5 percent in fiscal 2013, contributing to an
overall 18.3 percent gain in global sales.
North American vehicle sales are
pegged at 2.35 million vehicles for the year ended March 31,
2013. This follows a drop of 7.8 percent in fiscal 2012 to some
1.87 million vehicles from 2.03 million vehicles in fiscal
Global vehicle sales are
projected at 8.7 million units for fiscal 2013, up 18.3 percent
from some 7.35 million vehicles a year earlier.
The company is recovering from
an "extremely challenging (year) due to losses in production
following the great East Japan earthquake and the Thai floods,
in addition to the unprecedented strength of the yen,"
president Akio Toyoda said in a speech to investors on May
The Toyota City, Japan-based
company expects to announce "significant changes" to some of
its products this year, Toyoda said. "As we expect many
full-model changes for both Toyota and Lexus brands, we plan to
launch products in developed markets, as well as emerging
markets," he added.
Toyota did not forecast either
production or revenue for North America for the current fiscal
year, but said it built nearly 1.28 million vehicles in fiscal
2012, down 4.7 percent from almost 1.34 million in fiscal 2011.
Fiscal 2012 revenue in the region fell 12.5 percent to
¥4.75 trillion ($59.4 billion) from nearly ¥5.43
trillion the previous year.
Toyota did project exports to
North America would reach 730,000 vehicles in fiscal 2013, up
25.2 percent from 583,000 a year earlier and 21.7 percent
higher than 600,000 units in fiscal 2011.
The company forecast capital
expenditures at ¥130 billion ($1.63 billion) in North
America for the current fiscal year, up 69.5 percent from
¥76.7 billion a year earlier but down 8.8 percent from
¥142.6 billion in fiscal 2011.
Globally, Toyota is forecasting
production of 8.7 million light vehicles for the current fiscal
year, in line with expected sales and up 15.6 percent from
nearly 7.53 million vehicles built the prior year.
The automaker is forecasting net
income will more than double to ¥760 billion ($9.5 million)
for the current fiscal year on an 18.4-percent gain in revenue
to ¥22 trillion ($275.1 billion). Fiscal 2012 net income
fell 30.5 percent to ¥283.5 billion ($3.5 billion) on
revenue that dropped 2.2 percent to ¥18.6 trillion ($232.4