Toyota will return to full production capacity next month, despite the chip shortage


The world’s largest manufacturer will build a record 800,000 cars next month, up from around 570,000 in October.

Despite the effects of the ongoing global shortage of semiconductor chips, the Japanese manufacturer says new agreements with “stakeholders and suppliers” will allow it to build around 800,000 vehicles in December.

For reference, in October 2021 the built brand is believed to have built approximately 570,000 vehicles in total – 330,000 fewer than initial projections.

It is unclear whether the cars have been reconfigured to use fewer semiconductor chips, however Toyota has previously suggested that they have no plans to remove the technology or functionality.

Toyota Australia Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Franchise Operations Sean Hanley said in an official statement, “This is extremely positive news and we are optimistic about future production.

“We appreciate the trust and patience our customers have shown us during this difficult time.

“We are doing everything we can to get customers behind the wheel of their new Toyota vehicles as quickly as possible.

The company’s global production forecast remains around nine million vehicles for the Japanese fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2022.

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