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Toyota production at pre-quake level

Toyota was the world’s biggest automaker but slid to number three after the March 2011 natural disasters in Japan. Toyota was the world’s biggest automaker but slid to number three after the March 2011 natural disasters in Japan. (Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg News)
By Associated Press
October 7, 2011

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TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp.’s vehicle production recovered to pre-tsunami levels as of last month, Japan’s top automaker said yesterday.

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan disrupted production at Toyota and other automakers because parts suppliers were damaged.

Toyota initially said it did not expect production to return to normal until late this year. In June, it said production would be nearly normal in July. In August, it said it would be completely recovered in September. The latest news highlights Toyota’s ability to bounce back.

Toyota, the world’s biggest automaker in annual vehicle sales last year, sank to number three in the first half of this year, trailing General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG.

Toyota workers will be racking up overtime in coming months to make up for lost production from the disaster, the maker of the Prius hybrid and Camry sedan said.