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 Toyotas 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 Japans
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.