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Toyota’s global vehicle production back at pre-tsunami levels


October 7, 2011
By The Canadian Press

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Toyota’s global vehicle production reached pre-tsunami levels in September, Japan’s top automaker said.

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

Toyota initially said it didn’t expect production to return to normal until late this year. It said in June that production would be nearly back to normal in July. In August, it said it would be completely recovered in September.

Toyota, which was the world’s biggest automaker in annual vehicle sales last year, sank to No. 3 in the first half of this year, trailing U.S. rival General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG of Germany.

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Toyota workers will be racking up overtime and doing extra shifts in coming months to make up for lost production from the disaster, the automaker said.