Toyota says North America production back to normal

By The Associated Press

TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota Motor Corp. says its North American production is back to normal levels after a six-month slowdown following the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Toyota builds 12 models in North America, including the Camry, RAV4 and Tacoma pickup. Together, they account for nearly 70 percent of Toyota’s U.S. sales.

The company said Tuesday it’s also on track to open its 14th North American plant in Mississippi. That plant will start making the Corolla in October.

Toyota plans to use overtime and Saturday shifts to help replenish inventory at dealerships.

The company originally thought its production slowdown would last until the end of this year, but it was able to get parts from suppliers earlier than expected. Production in Japan has also returned to normal levels.