Toyota records lowest North American production in three years

Toyota Motor Corporation announced its 2017 production results for the North American market. Total production fell 6.6% year on year to 1,983,723 units, as it fell below the two-million-unit mark for the first time in three years.

Production at the Kentucky Plant, which produces more sedans than any other Toyota plant in North America, dropped 16% yoy to 420,553 units. This was due to the Camry’s 13.7% decline to 316,272 units as well as the production of the new Camry commencing in the latter half of 2017.

Production at the Indiana Plant, which centers on SUVs, grew 2.6% yoy to 412,438 units. This growth was guided by the Highlander, which generated a 14.8% increase to 255,612 units.

Production at the Texas Plant, which assembles the most pickup trucks, climbed 1.9% yoy to 266,723 units. This was driven by the successful Tacoma, which grew 1.6% yoy to 129,955 units, and Tundra, which rose 2.2% yoy to 136,768 units.

Moreover, Toyota’s Cambridge Plant in Canada produced 571,535 units, a 5% drop from the previous year. This was steered partly by the RAV4’s 1.1% decline to 247,633 units.

Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)