Toyota vehicle production up 23%, above its target

Toyota vehicle production up 23%, above its target

Visitors attend the Motor Show 2022 in the Challenger Hall at Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi province, in March 2022. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)
Visitors attend the Motor Show 2022 in the Challenger Hall at Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi province, in March 2022. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp reported on Tuesday a 23% rise in October global vehicle output, beating its own target for a third month in a row, as the industry strives to get past persistent chip shortages that have hobbled production.

The Japanese automaker produced 771,382 vehicles globally in October, above a downgraded target of 750,000 units and up 23% from the same month a year earlier.

But growth slowed from record monthly output of more than 887,000 cars manufactured in September, and Toyota continues to face supply chain disruptions as China battles nationwide coronavirus outbreaks and implements restrictions and lockdowns.

The company said on Tuesday it was adjusting some operations in China due to Covid-19 lockdowns.

Earlier this month Toyota cut its annual output target, as it battles surging material costs and a persistent chip shortage.

A Toyota executive in charge of purchasing said at the time that the global auto chip shortage would continue, as chipmakers have prioritised supplies for electronics goods, while natural disasters, Covid lockdowns and factory disruptions have slowed a recovery in auto chip supplies.

Toyota expects to produce 9.2 million vehicles this fiscal year ending March 2023, down from the previous forecast of 9.7 million but still ahead of last financial year's production of about 8.6 million units.


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