The 2012 Camry is Here

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Production Back to 100%

Toyota’s North American production is back at 100%, ahead of expectations.

The return to normal levels was confirmed at a press event by Steve St. Angelo, motor engineering and manufacturing executive VP.

The recovery is ahead of initial expectations. Shortly after the March 11 disaster in Japan, Toyota had forecast a return to normal production by November or December.

Toyota said in June that eight of its 12 North American-built models were back at 100% output — Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Highlander, Sienna, Sequoia and Venza.

The latest announcement confirms 100% production of Tacoma, Tundra, RAV 4 and Lexus RX 350. Together, the 12 models account for nearly 70% of the company’s U.S. sales, Toyota said.

Toyota said Japan-based production also has been restored and that company will use overtime and Saturday shifts at certain plants to boost fourth-quarter production 15% higher than planned before the earthquake to replenish dealer inventories.

Separately, Toyota also said that its plans to open a 14th North American plant in Mississippi — with 2,000 jobs — remain on track with Corolla production scheduled to begin next month.