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Toyota sets company record for North American output in ’12

Keywords: Tags  Toyota, production, North America, Blue Springs, Miss., U.S. sales, market share

CHICAGO — Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. set a company record for North American production in 2012, manufacturing 1.78 million vehicles, up 41 percent from 2011 volumes and surpassing its previous record of 1.72 million units in 2007, the automaker said Thursday.

Sales of Toyota, Lexus and Scion models in the United States topped 2 million units last year, securing 14.4 percent of the market, up from 12.2 percent in 2011, Toyota said.

Torrance, Calif.-based Toyota’s 14 North American manufacturing facilities now assemble 70 percent of the vehicles the automaker sells in the United States, the company said. The volume increase was driven in part by $1.5 billion in investments over the last 13 months, including the newest factory in Blue Springs, Miss.

With several other production expansions under way throughout North America, Toyota said it expects to create a total of 3,500 new manufacturing jobs. Toyota, a unit of Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp., forecast North American sales will rise by about 100,000 units this year, bringing its North American sales total to more than 2.15 million vehicles.

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