Toyota to Boost Tacoma and Tundra Inventories by Adding Saturday Shifts
"The effects of the tsunami have run its course and we are back to rolling at full capacity of production"
Toyota truck inventories are still suffering from the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan last March. In an effort to get inventories back up optimum levels the automaker will add Saturday shifts. The first shift will be January 21, with others to follow until the end of March.
"The effects of the tsunami have run its course and we are back to rolling at full capacity of production," said Brandyn Moore, a spokeswoman for the plant, to Automotive News on Tuesday. "We are trying to catch back up and get the trucks back on inventory lots for the dealers."
Many of Toyota's global plants suffered shortages of sensors and specialty paint because of the March 2011 earthquake which also brought a tsunami and nuclear crisis to Japan. After the natural disasters, the San Antonio plant was idled twice for three-week periods. The plant that builds the Tundra and about half of the Tacoma pickups only ran three-day weeks for 11 weeks last summer. Toyota Tacoma pickup sales were up 10.7 percent in December, but Tundra sales were down 9.7 percent.
"December sales were very good for the Tundra and Tacoma markets, so because of that, we have a recovery Saturday set for this weekend and possibly some more in March," Moore said.
Toyota hopes inventory will be back up to its optimum dealer inventory target of around 70 days by the end of March. The automaker currently has only a 40 day supply of midsize Tacoma pickups, but has a strong 70 day supply of full-size Tundra trucks.
Source: Automotive News