Toyota has most Consumer Reports top models by category

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Toyota Tacoma Wins PickupTrucks.com’s 2012 Midsize Shootout

Toyota’s Tacoma won PickupTruck.com’s 2012 Midsize Shoot.  Experts from PickupTruck.com and USA Today put seven midsize models through 10 tests.  “Of all the small trucks we tested, the Tacoma was the clear winner in this Shootout,” said Mark Williams, PickupTruck.com editor.  “A strong bang-for-your-buck value, combined with refinements to the ride quality and interior cabin helped the Tacoma trump the other competitors by a pretty good margin.  The Toyota Tacoma just continues to get better and better.”

Toyota refilling dealer stocks

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Automotive News — February 13, 2012 – 12:01 am ET

   
     
     
     
     
     

LAS VEGAS — After months of inventory shortages triggered by last year’s earthquake, Toyota dealers should return to full volumes within a few weeks.

Carl Swope, chairman of the Toyota National Dealer Advisory Council, said competitors have “misread” Toyota capacity levels stemming from parts shortages.

“The challenges have been inventory shortages, but we are backfilling and will be full speed ahead by March,” said Swope, who also owns dealerships selling Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Nissan, Hyundai and Mitsubishi in Elizabethtown, Ky.

Toyota is moving away from using customer service measurements for its dealerships, instead focusing on owner retention, Swope said. The Toyota brand traditionally falls short in the J.D. Power customer and sales satisfaction surveys, yet it has among the highest customer retention rates in the industry.

Toyota also will update its dealer-advertising covenant, and is working with the dealer council on the language, said Fritz Hitchcock, CEO of Hitchcock Automotive Resources in City of Industry, Calif.

The original covenant was drafted in 1994, “in the print advertising environment,” Toyota Division General Manager Bob Carter said. But now that digital marketing and social media are prominent, Toyota needs to amend the voice-and-tone standards. A new covenant should be drafted this summer.

Toyota wants dealers to bring stores up to Image USA II standards, but also is in the early stages of its “dealership of the future” program. The program examines how consumers will shop for cars in the future, without alienating current buyers, Carter said. “My peers and my kids’ peers are looking for different retail experiences,” Carter said.

Toyota also will continue its regional method for incentive allocation, which occasionally triggers spats about how the funds are administered in different regions, Swope said. But, he added, the flexibility the method provides is worth the effort.

Toyota execs tell dealers 19 new models on way, including next Avalon

LAS VEGAS — Toyota executives told dealers at a convention Monday there are 19 new models coming in 2012, including a new more fuel-efficient Toyota Avalon due in November, according to a dealer in attendance.

Dealers attending the annual National Automobile Dealers Association convention were shown a picture of the new Avalon that will be shown in April at the New York auto show.

Toyota executives said the new Avalon full-size sedan will have fuel economy as good as, or better, than a Fiat 500, which gets a combined 33 m.p.g. in city and highway driving with a five-speed manual transmission.

Dealers also saw a concept fuel cell vehicle that is about a decade from production.

Bob Carter, general manager of Toyota Motor Sales USA, said 40% of the brand’s volume will be from new products this year compared with 7% last year.

Carter said he thinks forecasts of 13.6 million in U.S. sales are low and actual sales could easily be closer to 13.8 million.

Toyota production is back to normal levels after much of last year was constrained by shortages because of natural disasters in Japan and Thailand. Carter said he expects Toyota, Lexus and Scion sales to continue to recover through 2012.

Toyota is still short on some models. One is the Tacoma pickup. Toyota also is changing the mix of Camry sedans with unexpectedly high demand for the sport SE trim level.

Toyota thought the SE would account for about 8% of Camry sales but demand is at 40% so the mix is being changed at the Georgetown, Ky., factory.

Contact Alisa Priddle: 313-222-5394 or apriddle@freepress.com

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Toyota Announces North American Production for 2011

25 Million Milestone Coming in 2012

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ERLANGER, Ky. (January 20, 2012) – Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) announced today North American vehicle production for 2011. TEMA built 1,255,635 vehicles and 1,141,466 engines.
“Despite a challenging year due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that caused limited parts availability, Toyota’s team members and supplying partners were able to ramp up production ahead of schedule,” stated Shigeki Terashi, president and COO of TEMA. “This kind of commitment and customer-first spirit will set the stage for growth over the course of the year.”
Toyota produces 12 models in North America: Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Lexus RX350 and Venza.
In 2011, the following projects were completed:
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia completed an expansion resulting in increased 6 speed automatic transmission production bringing the plant’s total employment to approximately 1,100.
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama began 4-cylinder engine production in the fall, resulting in 240 new jobs.
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi began Corolla production in the fall, adding 2,000 jobs.

In 2012, Toyota will:

  • Build its 25 millionth vehicle in North America.
  • Begin production of the EV RAV4 at its Woodstock, Ontario facility.
2011 Toyota North American Vehicle Production
Manufacturing Site
Model
2010
2011
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK)
Avalon
40,155
38,684
Camry
253,098
219,118
Camry Hybrid
17,151
8,545
Venza
61,290
48,892
Total
371,694
315,239
New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.
(NUMMI)
Corolla
63,319
Tacoma
27,495
Total
90,814
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc.
(TMMI)
Highlander
86,527
101,502
Sequoia
24,685
19,841
Sienna
132,780
126,475
Total
243,992
247,818
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. (TMMC)
Corolla
192,271
204,276
Matrix
33,809
17,280
RX 350
81,618
65,242
RAV4
151,031
126,030
Total
458,729
412,828
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc.(TMMMS)
Corolla
1,967
Total
1,967
Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California (TMMBC)
Tacoma
54,055
49,596
Total
54,055
49,596
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. (TMMTX)
Tacoma
39,756
65,122
Tundra
111,067
83,895
Total
150,823
149,017
Subaru Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA)
Camry
88,110
79,170
Total
88,110
79,170
Total North American Vehicle Production
Grand Total
1,458,217
1,255,635
 
 
Toyota’s North American vehicle production – five year history:
Year
Vehicle Production
YOY Change
2011
1,255,635
(14%)
2010
1,458,217
18%
2009
1,232,813
(15%)
2008
1,454,958
(13%)
2007
1,671,009
8%
Toyota North American Engine Production
Manufacturing Site
Engine
2011
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK)
4-cylinder
242,394
V6
173,093
Total
415,487
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia, Inc. (TMMWV)*
4-cylinder
282,247
V6
212,010
Total
494,257
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc. (TMMAL)
4-cylinder
47,572
V6
81,645
V8
102,505
Total
231,722
Total 2011 North American Engine Production
Grand Total
1,141,466

*TMMWV’s total 6 speed automatic transmission production for 2011 was 258,869.

In addition to the above mentioned plants, Toyota subsidiary Bodine Aluminum, Inc., in Tennessee and Missouri, casts aluminum parts such as cylinder heads, intake manifolds, engine brackets and engine blocks. TABC, Inc. in Long Beach, California, manufactures truck beds, catalytic converters, stamped and welded parts as well as steering columns. Canadian Autoparts Toyota, Inc. (CAPTIN) in Delta, British Columbia, produces aluminum wheels.
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